The UK’s new health secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
In a statement posted on social network Twitter on 17 July, Javid said: “This morning I tested positive for Covid… thankfully I have had my jabs and symptoms are mild.”
“Please make sure you come forward for your vaccine if you haven’t already,” his statement concluded.
It is awkward timing, coming just two days before the UK government is set to ease all virus restrictions in England on 19 July.
The move has been met with widespread criticism as it comes as the UK battles to contain the spread of a more virulent Indian variant of the virus.
Covid cases jumped 71% with 277,995 testing positive for the virus in the week to 16 July.
Javid was appointed health secretary in late June, after the resignation of his predecessor Matt Hancock.
Javid had to step down from his post as a senior adviser on JPMorgan’s advisory council for Europe, the Middle East and Africa to take on his new governmental role.
Hancock’s resignation followed the release of a video showing the former health secretary kissing Gina Colangelo, an old university friend he had employed as his adviser. The video was reported to have been recorded in early May when Hancock was advising the public to continue to social distance and avoid hugging others.
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