However, the PM has since swerved this and will now self-isolate.
Both he and chancellor Rishi Sunak were contacted by the NHS Test and Trace app but rather than being forced to self isolate for up to 10 days they instead planned to take part in a ‘daily contact testing pilot’ scheme which has only been made available to a select number of people.
The programme will see participants take daily tests and if they test positive they will be forced to self-isolate. Those involved in the scheme must however self-isolate when they are not at work.
The Mirror has reported that there are plans to introduce this to the wider public but that is still months away. Downing Street is just one of 20 organisations currently involved in the scheme with others said to include TFL, Heathrow Airport and National Rail.
More than 500,000 people are said to have received ‘pings’ from the app telling them to self-isolate and it’s perhaps unsurprising that the initial reaction to Johnson and Sunak not having to do the same as everyone else was one of criticism with #oneruleforthem trending on Twitter with many MP’s also laying into the PM.
530,126 people were told by NHS Test and Trace that they had to isolate last week.
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This news comes just a day before the government are due to lift Covid restrictions across England for so-called ‘freedom day’ a move that is also being heavily criticised as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the nation thanks to the Delta variant.