When I saw this headline from NBC News this morning I momentarily wondered if we’d stumbled into a British version of Groundhog Day. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in self-isolation after being exposed to the novel coronavirus. He apparently took part in a meeting with Member of Parliament Lee Anderson on Thursday. Anderson later developed symptoms of COVID and tested positive so BoJo was advised to keep to himself for a while.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who battled a coronavirus infection in an intensive care unit earlier this year, is in self-isolation after being exposed to the virus again, officials said Sunday.
In a statement, No. 10 Downing Street said Johnson wasn’t experiencing symptoms but would follow guidance from Britain’s National Health Service, which recommends self-isolation after prolonged exposure to someone who has the virus.
“He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” the statement said.
Is this being done out of an abundance of caution? I can see how the British Prime Minister’s office would want to set a good example and lead by following their own directives, I suppose. But Johnson famously contracted COVID-19 back in March. He was among the first foreign leaders to come down with the disease. Doesn’t that mean he’s supposed to have antibodies now and can neither catch nor transmit the virus anymore?