Boris Johnson cancels trip to Lancashire after ‘family member gets Covid’

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Boris Johnson has pulled out of a planned visit to Lancashire “due to a family member testing positive for coronavirus", Downing Street said.

The cancellation comes as pressure grows on the Prime Minister following an apology at PMQs on Wednesday for attending a party at No10 during the Covid lockdown in 2020.

Mr Johnson would have faced questions from the media about his attendance at the Downing Street "bring your own booze" event on the planned visit to Lancashire.

Official guidance no longer requires vaccinated contacts of coronavirus cases to self-isolate.

No 10 said the close family member of Mr Johnson, who lives at Downing Street, tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said the PM took a test on Wednesday and another on Thursday.

He said: "The PM is following the guidance to do daily tests and limit contact with others, as I said (the) positive test was Wednesday so the PM will continue following this guidance up in to ... including Tuesday of next week.

"For reference, the guidance is to take an LFD (lateral flow device) test every day for seven days, or until 10 days after the household member who has Covid-19 started their self-isolation period if this is earlier and, in this instance it's not, so it's seven days."

The spokesman said "in line with the guidance, he's reducing contacts, he'll be working from No 10, doing the daily tests, and limiting contact with others both outside No 10 and indeed inside No 10 as well".

He said the PM would continue to hold meetings but "for the large part that will be done virtually".

The Prime Minister has faced calls to quit from within the Tory ranks.

Four top Tories–Caroline Nokes, Douglas Ross, William Wragg and former leader of the Scottish Conservatives Baroness Davidson–have called for Mr Johnson to step down.

But Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, and the rest of Mr Johnson’s Cabinet, said he had given a “clear account” of his actions and that the “right way to handle this” was to wait for the report by senior civil servant Sue Gray into the string of alleged Downing Street parties.

Mr Raab said on Wednesday: “If there are questions, issues, that are raised by this - that’s precisely why Sue Gray is there to conduct the investigation and make sure all the answers can be provided.”

He added: “I’m fully supportive of this Prime Minister, and I’m sure he will continue for many years to come.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I completely understand why people feel let down. The PM did the right thing by apologising.”

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