Health Secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for Covid-19, just two days before “freedom day” – and despite having had both doses of vaccine.
In a video message he said: “I just wanted to tell everyone that I’ve tested positive for Covid. I was feeling a bit groggy last night, so I took a lateral flow test and it’s come out positive.
“So I’m now self-isolating at home with my family until I get the result of a PCR test.
“I’m grateful that I’ve had two jabs of the vaccine, and so far my symptoms are very mild.
“And I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in our national vaccine rollout programme, truly the best of its kind anywhere in the world.
“If you haven’t had your jabs yet, please get out there and get them as soon as you can.
“And if you like me feel a bit groggy, or you think you might have come into contact with someone who’s positive, please also take a lateral flow test too.
“If everyone plays their part, we’re not only protecting yourself and your loved ones, you’re also safeguarding the NHS and helping to safeguard our way of life.”