The newly appointed health secretary who has only been in the job a few weeks after taking over from Matt Hancock revealed that he took a lateral flow test on Friday night after he felt a “bit groggy.”
In a video released on Twitter, the 51-year-old said: “I was feeling a bit groggy last night, so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it’s come out positive, so I’m now self-isolating at home with my family until I get the results of a PCR test.
“I’m grateful that I’ve had two jabs of the vaccine and so far my symptoms are very mild.”
Javid, who has had both vaccination jabs has urged those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 year to “get out there and get them as soon as you can.”
It is not yet known when Javid was exposed to the virus or which other members of parliament he would have come into contact with in the past few days. He added: “If everyone plays their part, you’re not only protecting yourself and your loved ones, but you’re also safeguarding the NHS and helping to preserve our way of life.”
Javid’s positive test comes just days before most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions are lifted in England. Javid had previously told the Commons: “We cannot eliminate it, instead we have to learn to live with it.” His approach is seen as being far more head-on than the more cautious approach adopted by Matt Hancock towards the pandemic.
With this in mind, many have been quick to criticise Javid for ploughing ahead with the reopening plans which comes amid a massive rise in cases across the UK.
I very much hope the Health Secretary & his family are all ok.
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