The PM has opened himself up to accusations of hypocrisy after Number 10 confirmed he will not be going into self-isolation despite being pinged by NHS Test and Trace.
Boris Johnson has been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 by the app after meeting Covid-stricken Health Secretary Sajid Javid earlier this week.
But Downing Street confirmed he will not be self isolating – unlike more than 500,000 Brits pinged by the app last week.
Instead, the Prime Minister will be taking part in a daily contact testing pilot – not yet widely available across the country – which allows him to continue to work from Downing Street.
The announcement follows the disclosure on Saturday that Health Secretary Sajid Javid had been confirmed as testing positive for the virus.
The Prime Minister is reported to have had a lengthy meeting with Mr Javid at No 10 on Friday.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also been contacted by Test and Trace and will also be taking part in the contact testing pilot.
A No 10 spokesman said: “They will be conducting only essential government business during this period.”
There will be relief in Downing Street that Mr Johnson will not be confined to home on so-called “freedom day” on Monday when most statutory lockdown restrictions end in England.
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However, the disclosure that the Prime Minister and Chancellor have avoided the requirement to quarantine is likely to anger thousands of people being forced to miss work after being “pinged” by the NHS Covid app.
Businesses have been pressing for the app to be overhauled and made less sensitive amid concerns that staff shortages mean they cannot operate effectively.
London Underground became the latest to succumb on Saturday when the Metropolitan Line was forced to close because of a lack of control room staff.
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While most Covid restrictions lift in England on Monday the rules on self-isolating for contacts of people who test positive are not eased until August 16.
Then people who are double-jabbed will be able to take tests rather than quarantine at home.
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