British PM Boris Johnson's u-turn on self-isolation

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 19 Jul 2021, 2:17PM
UK PM Boris Johnson. (Photo / AP)
UK PM Boris Johnson. (Photo / AP)

British PM Boris Johnson's u-turn on self-isolation

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 19 Jul 2021, 2:17PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will self-isolate for 10 days, after initially saying they would not despite coming in contact with someone who contracted Covid-19.

Johnson and Sunak came in contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid who tested positive.

The two initially claimed they didn't need to isolate as they were taking part in a pilot scheme that involves daily testing. However, backlash ensued from opposition parties claiming there's one rule for them and one for the rest of the public.

Meanwhile, almost all legal restrictions in England will be lifted today, including limits on gatherings and nightclubs reopening.

UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Tim Dower that means virtually everything will go back to normal.

"No limits on how many people can meet, the one metre-plus social distancing guidance has been removed except in places like hospitals or passport control, or entering the country. You no longer require face coverings and that's the one that's been controversial."