Labour’s leader tests positive again for Covid — Analysis
Sir KierStarmer is now in his 6th isolation. He has contracted coronavirus again since October.
Labour Party leader Sir Kier Starmer has been forced to withdraw from Wednesday’s Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) session in Parliament after testing positive for Covid a day after delivering a key speech in Birmingham.
Starmer was diagnosed with Covid by the Labour Party on Wednesday. He was unable to be isolated for the sixth year since the start of the pandemic because it was part of regular tests. Although he has not been able to show any signs, he was given two Covid shots and a booster shot. He is currently being quarantined according to government guidelines.
After contracting the virus in October at the beginning of the year, he had to be self-isolated on four more occasions following contact with positive people.
Starmer’s positive test result comes less than 24 hours after he set out his vision for the country during a speech in Birmingham, where he outlined his “contract with the British people”If Labour is elected to office in the next election.
Local Labour MPs and regional officials as well as party advisers and media members were all present. Following his speech, Sir Kier visited a nearby green energy research facility. His contact with anyone who tested positive for self-isolation is unknown.
The UK government’s rules currently mandate that infected people must self-isolate for 10 days from the day they test positive using a PCR test, although this can be reduced to seven if they test negative on two separate lateral flow tests taken 24 hours apart on days five and six.
Starmer’s positive result comes after the UK hit a record-high number of daily Covid cases, reporting 218,724 new infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number recorded in the past seven days to 1,269,878.
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