British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak will both self-isolate in line with national guidance, abandoning heavily criticised plans to take part in a pilot scheme that would have allowed them to continue working.
The government announced at 0700 GMT that Johnson and Sunak has been exposed to a person with COVID-19 and would take part in a trial scheme that allowed them to keep working instead of self-isolating for 10 days.
But less than three hours later that decision had been reversed after a flurry of criticism from voters, political opponents and business owners.
Johnson will isolate at Chequers, his country residence, a spokesman said in a statement.
â€śHe will not be taking part in the testing pilot,â€ť the spokesman said. â€śHe will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely.â€ť
In a separate tweet, Sunak acknowledged the backlash over their initial decision, which came a day after health minister Sajid Javid said he had tested positive for COVID-19.
â€śWhilst the test and trace pilot is fairly restrictive, allowing only essential government business, I recognise that even the sense that the rules arenâ€™t the same for everyone is wrong,â€ť he said.
â€śTo that end Iâ€™ll be self isolating as normal and not taking part in the pilot.â€ť
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