Keir Starmer to isolate after child gets Covid

By Emma Harrison
BBC News

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picture captionSir Keir was within the House of Commons earlier earlier than his child obtained the optimistic check

Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer is to self-isolate after one in every of his youngsters examined optimistic for Covid, a spokesman has stated.

An announcement from his workplace stated one in every of his youngsters examined optimistic at lunchtime, however Sir Keir was doing day by day exams and examined unfavourable this morning.

Sir Keir was within the House of Commons for PMQs earlier.

The PM and chancellor are additionally self-isolating after contact with the well being secretary who examined optimistic.

An extra 73 individuals have died inside 28 days of a optimistic check within the UK and one other 44,104 instances have been recorded, in accordance to the newest authorities figures.

In a tweet, Sir Keir stated it was his duty to isolate along with his household. This is the fourth time the Labour chief has had to self-isolate because the pandemic started.

This lunchtime, one in every of my youngsters examined optimistic for Covid.

I do know it is my duty to observe the principles – my household and I are actually self-isolating.

— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) July 21, 2021

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In the House of Commons, Sir Keir described a “summer of chaos” amid hovering numbers of individuals self-isolating at residence.

The Labour chief dubbed Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who’s himself self-isolating at his nation home in Buckinghamshire – the “Chequers one” as he mocked Mr Johnson’s isolation in the identical week that the majority remaining curbs have been lifted in England.

Speaking within the Commons, Sir Keir stated: “Everything may be calm from the prime minister’s country retreat but back here the truth is we’re heading for a summer of chaos.”

Appearing just about at PMQs, Mr Johnson urged individuals to keep on with self-isolation guidelines forward of adjustments subsequent month as a result of it’s “a vital tool in our defence”.

He added: “I apologise to everybody in business up and down the land in all kinds of services, public sector or otherwise, who are experiencing inconvenience.”

More than half 1,000,000 alerts telling individuals to self-isolate have been despatched by the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales within the first week of July, with supermarkets saying they could have to lower opening hours or shut retailers due to an absence of employees.

Businesses have warned of accelerating employees shortages brought on by individuals being compelled to self-isolate by the NHS Covid app. Iceland and Greene King stated on Monday they’d had to shut retailers and pubs in consequence.

Business foyer group the CBI has warned that the issue might hamper the financial restoration.

Following information on Saturday that Sajid Javid had examined optimistic and been in touch with Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, No 10 stated a office pilot scheme would enable them to hold working from Downing Street.

But the announcement met with an indignant response, with opposition events saying it instructed there was “one rule for them and another for the rest of us”.

The prime minister and chancellor later introduced they’d full a interval of isolation.

Speaking in a video on Twitter after the U-turn, Mr Johnson stated: “We did look briefly at the idea of us taking part in the pilot scheme, which allows people to test daily, but I think it’s far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules and that’s why I’m going to be self-isolating until Monday 26 July.”

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