Matt Hancock self-isolating after receiving alert via NHS Covid-19 app


British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Tuesday that he is self-isolating after being "pinged" by the National Health Service (NHS) coronavirus contact tracing app.

Hancock will be self-isolating himself for at least six days, as per the rules and guidelines set by the health experts.

He has gone into self-isolation as he was notified that he has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

"This self-isolation is perhaps the most important part of all the social distancing, because I know from the app that I've been close contact with somebody who's tested positive".

"So you must follow these rules like I'm going to", he said.

Mr Hancock must quarantine despite having tested positive for Covid-19 in March, announcing his diagnosis shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his own.

The NHS app calculates how long a user must self-isolate by tracking back ten days from the "encounter date" with somebody who has since tested posted for the virus, meaning Hancock's contact would have happened towards the end of last week. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Antibodies are proteins in the blood which fight off specific infections and are developed if somebody catches an infection, their body fights it off, or they have been vaccinated.

Yesterday from Number 10, Hancock warned Brits to not "blow it now" as he confirmed more than four million people across the United Kingdom had received the first dose of a Covid vaccine. The NHS said it vaccinated a total of 4.06 million people between 8 December 2020 and 17 January 2021, including more than half of those aged 80 and over and more than half of elderly care home residents.

He hosted a press conference last night with medical chiefs Susan Hopkins and Stephen Powis.

People in their 70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable in England are now among those being offered the vaccine.



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