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UK Thrown Into Deep Confusion As Health Minister Tests Positive For Covid-19 Despite Taking Vaccine

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British Health Secretary Sajid Javid, has tested positive for Covid-19 and is suffering very mild symptoms, despite being vaccinated, BBC reports.

Mr. Javid, who has received both vaccine doses, said on Saturday night, 17 July, a PCR test had confirmed a positive result he received by lateral flow test.

Under his government’s rules, Javid is now required to self-isolate for 10 days unless a PCR test comes back negative and he no longer has symptoms.

Any of his close contacts potentially including others in the government would have to self-isolate too if they receive instructions from the state-run National Health Service (NHS).

It is understood Mr. Javid met Boris Johnson on Friday. It is not clear yet whether the prime minister will have to isolate.

It comes as the UK recorded more than 50,000 daily cases for the second day running, days before almost all legal restrictions on social contact are lifted in England on Monday.There were 54,674 cases, following 51,870 new cases on Friday, with 41 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.Javid has only been in the job since June 26, when former health secretary Matt Hancock resigned following revelations he had broken coronavirus restrictions during an affair with a close aide.

Mr. Javid had previously tweeted that he had received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

A Public Health England study found two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were 60% effective at stopping the symptomatic disease from the Delta variant, which is now dominant across the UK. Two jabs of the Pfizer vaccine were 88% effective.

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