Britain’s health minister, Sajid Javid, said on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 despite receiving two doses of the vaccine, although his symptoms are currently “mild”.
In a recording posted to his Twitter account, Javid says he started feeling “drowsy” last night, so he took an antigen test this morning, which came back positive, and later underwent a PCR test. Waiting results isolated at home.
“Fortunately I took both doses and symptoms were mild,” Javid said, urging residents to “receive the vaccination, if they haven’t already.”
“If everyone plays their part, you are not only protecting yourself and your loved ones but also the NHS – and you are helping to preserve our way of life,” he said.
Sajid Javid replaces Matt Hancock weeks ago after a scandal with his assistant Gina Coladangelo
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Javid’s announcement comes as daily coronavirus infections in the UK as a whole exceed 50,000 for the first time since January 15, due to the more transmissible delta variant.
Although the number of infected continues to rise, the British government will lift the latest legal restrictions on Monday and the use of masks will no longer be mandatory, a measure opposed by the scientific community. (I)