A spokesperson for Dominic Raab confirmed that he had taken “immediate steps to self-isolate” and would work from home during the two-week period.
The official said: “The Minister of Foreign Affairs was informed today that a person with whom he has recently been in close contact has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“In accordance with government regulations and NHS Track and Trace rules, the Foreign Secretary took immediate steps to self-isolate for the required period. He will continue to work remotely during this period. ”
The news comes at a particularly tense diplomatic period for the UK, with the announcement of the US presidential result, a move that will greatly affect UK-US relations over the next four years.
When asked to comment on the ongoing presidential vote on Wednesday, Mr Raab avoided criticizing President Donald Trump’s claims of fraud on the tally, but said he had “full confidence” in the brake system and a counterweight within American institutions.
Earlier Thursday, Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps announced that travelers arriving from Germany and Sweden are expected to self-isolate for 14 days starting at 4 a.m. on Saturday, November 7.
Mr Shapps said travel corridors remain a critical part of the government’s response to the coronavirus and that all travelers arriving from both countries should complete a passenger locator form on arrival.
He also reiterated the new travel guidelines for residents in England, adding: “In accordance with the new Covid-19 guidelines, travel outside the home, except for a limited number of reasons, including including work or education, are not allowed during lockdown. ”
The UK introduced a quarantine system in June, with popular tourist destinations such as Italy, Spain and Jamaica initially exempted from the quarantine list.
However, as much of Europe is now experiencing a second wave of infections and reintroducing restrictive measures, in recent months the UK government has gradually removed many countries from the exemption list.
Cyprus and Lithuania were removed from the list earlier this month.
According to the Department of Transport guidelines, Germany and Sweden were removed from the UK’s travel lanes list after the Joint Biosafety Center assessed the two countries as at increased risk of infection.
“The government’s travel corridor policy remains a critical part of the government’s Covid-19 response as it mitigates the risk of importing infections from abroad; this has not changed after the introduction of new restrictions in England, ”he said.