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Sajid Javid tests positive as health chiefs tell PM: don't let Covid rip | The Guardian |

Senior public health leaders from across the UK have accused Boris Johnson of "letting Covid rip" by relaxing legal restrictions on Monday, amid warnings that a growing wave of infections will intensify a summer NHS crisis. The rebuke comes as it emerged that England's health secretary, Sajid Javid, was among those to have tested positive for Covid, despite being fully vaccinated. He said he had mild symptoms and was awaiting the results of a more accurate PCR test.

A positive PCR test result would create a headache for the prime minister. Under test-and-trace rules, anybody who has been in contact with Javid in the previous 48 hours would have to self-isolate. The health secretary is understood to have visited Downing Street on Friday, which leaves Johnson in the uncomfortable position of potentially spending so-called "freedom day" stuck inside No 10. Javid is also known to have visited a care home in recent days.

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