Covid: Sir Keir Starmer to self-isolate after one of his children tested positive for Covid-19

This will be the fourth time Sir Keir has had to enter quarantine since the Covid pandemic began

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is now self-isolating after one of his children tested positive for Covid-19 around the time he was in the Commons for Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (21 July).

Sir Keir tested negative on Wednesday morning ahead of his appearance in Parliament.

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This will be the fourth time Sir Keir has had to enter quarantine since the Covid pandemic began, and will force him to alter plans to launch his “safer communities” campaign on Thursday (22 July).

This will be the fourth time Sir Keir has had to enter quarantine since the Covid pandemic began (Photo: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
This will be the fourth time Sir Keir has had to enter quarantine since the Covid pandemic began (Photo: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

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Sir Keir said: “This lunchtime, one of my children tested positive for Covid.

“I know it’s my responsibility to follow the rules – my family and I are now self-isolating.”

A spokesman for the Labour leader said: “Keir was already doing daily tests and tested negative this morning. He will continue to take daily tests.”

This comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined PMQs virtually via a screen, as he is currently in isolation at his country retreat of Chequers, following contact with Covid-positive Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak - who is also self-isolating after coming into contact with Mr Javid - initially tried to get around quarantine after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace by saying they would join a daily workplace testing programme.

However, they both backed down on these plans and entered isolation after widespread public anger.