United Kingdom Health Secretary, Sajid Javid

United Kingdom Health Secretary, Sajid Javid says he has tested positive for Covid-19, but so far his symptoms are “very mild”.

He made this known through a video posted on his Twitter feed.

Mr Javid, who said he had received both vaccine doses, took a lateral flow test after feeling a “bit groggy” on Friday night and it came back positive.

He said he is now self-isolating with family at home until he gets the results of a PCR test.

On Friday, the UK recorded more than 50,000 daily cases for the first time since mid-January.

He urged people who had not been vaccinated yet to “get out there and get them as soon as you can”.

Mr Javid also said people who felt groggy or came into contact with someone who is positive should take a lateral flow test.

“If everyone plays their part, you’re not only protecting yourself and your loved ones but you’re also safeguarding the NHS and helping to preserve our way of life,” the health secretary added.

Mr Javid replaced Matt Hancock as health secretary less than three weeks ago after CCTV footage emerged showing his predecessor kissing a colleague in his office in breach of social-distancing rules.

Boris Johnson and Mr Hancock both caught Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, with the prime minister being admitted to intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in London after falling seriously ill.

BBC