Sajid Javid, Britain’s new well being secretary, mentioned on Saturday in a brief video on Twitter that he had examined optimistic for the coronavirus, solely two days earlier than nearly all the nation’s virus-related restrictions had been set to be lifted.
“I was feeling a bit groggy last night, so I took a lateral flow test this morning, and it’s come out positive,” mentioned Mr. Javid, 51, who was smiling and seemed to be in good spirits. Britain has distributed the easy-to-use lateral move assessments as a method of encouraging folks to check themselves or get examined for the virus.
Mr. Javid mentioned that he had already obtained two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, and that his signs had been “very mild.” He added that he was isolating at house together with his household, and that he was awaiting the outcomes of a P.C.R. take a look at, which is taken into account extra correct, for affirmation.
Mr. Javid was appointed well being secretary in June after Matt Hancock, who had spearheaded the nation’s pandemic response, resigned after being accused of violating coronavirus restrictions in tabloid information studies of his affair with an aide.
The British authorities had deliberate to finish England’s pandemic guidelines on June 21, however a soar in circumstances pushed by the extremely transmissible Delta variant led Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay the lifting of restrictions by 4 weeks, to Monday.
Up to now, about 53 p.c of Britain’s inhabitants has been absolutely vaccinated, and about 69 p.c has obtained a single dose of a vaccine, in response to a New York Instances database.
In his video, Mr. Javid thanked all of those that have been concerned within the nation’s vaccination program, and he inspired anybody who has but to be vaccinated to take action.
“If everyone plays their part,” the well being secretary mentioned, “you’re not only protecting yourself and your loved ones, but you’re also safeguarding the N.H.S. and helping protect our way of life.”