The British government has announced that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will quarantine themselves effective immediately due to their history of contact with Sajid Javid, the infected health minister.
The BBC reported that Downing Street originally said that Johnson and Sunak had been in contact with confirmed patients, but the two would continue to work as usual and both would be screened daily in lieu of quarantine measures.
But the move was questioned by many, with opposition parties saying, “Why are they applying that rule when the rest of us are using this one?”
And after much criticism, Downing Street decided to “follow good advice,” announcing earlier that the prime minister and the treasury secretary will follow the usual isolation procedures these days, Johnson will be in his villa “Chekhar” (Chequers) in the office.
The BBC pointed out that the Downing Street “hairpin bend” should be the most rapid shift in British political history, since the announcement of “no segregation”, to “need to segregate” between, only lasted 157 minutes 157 minutes.