Boris Johnson admits he's 'under house arrest' as he self-isolates after Covid contact
FRUSTRATED Boris Johnson today admitted he's "under house arrest" as he continues to self-isolate.
The PM posted a video update on Twitter to mark his sixth day holed up at No10.
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Boris joined the ranks of Brits stuck at home after he came into contact with Tory MP Lee Anderson, who later tested positive for the virus.
Speaking from Downing Street, Boris said: "NHS Test and Trace, which is getting ever better, has achieved what so many of my political foes have wanted to achieve for many years, put me under house arrest."
The PM also admitted how "frustrating" it is self-isolating but reminded Brits locked indoors the rules don't always apply to those they live with.
He explained partners can "still go out shopping or whatever" and can exercise as long as they "continue to observe social distancing".
Boris continued: "Our kids can obviously continue to go to school but you've got to make sure you observe social distancing from them and follow the basics: hands, face, space.
"And bear in mind what you are doing is incredibly important because that is how we are going to break the chain of transmission, stop the disease, get the R down – as I believe we are doing at the moment – and get in under control.
"Thank you very much everybody for what you are doing, and if you do find it a strain and you do feel under mental pressure because of what's going on, then get onto the web and look at Every Mind Matters."
NHS chief calls for lockdown to stay in place for next year
THE deputy chief executive of NHS Providers today it is too early to consider easing lockdown.
Saffron Cordery told BBC Breakfast said the NHS could be "in danger" if the tough restrictions were lifted on December 2.
And she warned lockdown is "absolutely critical" at the moment because it is currently the only way to control the spread of the virus.
Ms Cordery said: "There's this huge hope (of a vaccine) among staff and among the general public and this sense of 'oh we can take our foot off the peddle now'.
"But actually we can't, we need to hold on just a little while longer until all of the elements are in place."
Ms Cordery said she expected the restrictions to remain in place into the new year to make sure we are through the "hump of winter-meets-coronavirus".
She is also called for ministers to consider the amount of pressure the NHS is under as the R-rate dropping doesn't mean hospital admissions will.
Ms Cordery added: "I think it would be really tempting to say 'OK this lockdown is working, let's lift all restrictions on December 2 and go back to where we were' but I think that could put us in danger in terms both in controlling the spread of the virus and what it means for the NHS."
Boris and several others were forced to self-isolate under Covid rules after meeting with Mr Anderson.
He joked he was "fit as a butcher's dog" and "bursting with antibodies" after nearly dying from coronavirus earlier this year.
It comes amid plans for a mass testing trial using pregnancy-style kits could halve the quarantine time for Covid contacts.
Anyone told to isolate after coming in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus could only need to stay at home for seven days.
Currently, those told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace because they have been in close contact with a positive case must stay home for 14 days.
The trial is being rolled out in Liverpool in the next stage of mass testing next week.
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