Health Secretary Matt Hancock Tests Positive for Covid – 19

Britain's Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock reacts as he leaves from 10 Downing Street, central London on October 24, 2019, after attending a political Cabinet meeting. - The pound firmed against the dollar and euro on Wednesday as the European Union prepared to grant a further delay to Brexit, averting the prospect of Britain departing the bloc next week without a deal. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has tested positive for Covid – 19, shortly after the news that Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was affected.

The health secretary has been working closely with the NHS to cope with this pandemic, as there have been struggles with aquiring ventilators, protective equipment and testing.

Taking to his Twitter, he tweeted, ‘Following medical advice, I was advised to test for coronavirus. I’ve tested positive. Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home and self-isolating. Vital we follow the advice to protect our NHS and save lives.’

This diagnosis has raised fears about how far into the heart of government infections have spread. The twin diagnoses are certain to raise questions about whether those in government have been maintaining social distancing rules adequately, under the stress of this unprecedented crisis.

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