UK health minister tests positive for COVID-19

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Newly appointed Health secretary Sajid Javid puts on a face mask as he leaves St Thomas' Hospital after a visit on June 28, 2021 in London, England. Sajid Javid previously served as Home Secretary from 2018-2019. He replaces Matt Hancock as secretary for the Department of Health and Social Care. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Newly appointed Health secretary Sajid Javid puts on a face mask as he leaves St Thomas’ Hospital after a visit on June 28, 2021, in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Britain’s health minister Secretary Sajid Javid says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.

Javid says he is currently self-isolating as he awaits the results of a more accurate PCR test.

“I was feeling a bit groggy last night, so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it’s come out positive,” Javid said in a video message on Twitter.

“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.”

Under current U.K government rules, Javid is now required to self-isolate for 10 days unless the PCR test comes back negative and he no longer has symptoms.

Cases of the virus are surging in the U.K., driven by the highly infectious delta variant, despite a high level of vaccination.

Javid took over last month from Matt Hancock, who resigned after breaching social distancing rules.

Hancock was ill with COVID-19 early in the pandemic last year.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent several days in intensive care with the virus in April 2020.

(With input from agencies)

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