British Health Minister Sajid Javid announced Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after being tested this morning. “I was feeling a little drowsy last night, so I did the test this morning and it was positive. So now I’m isolating myself at home with my family until I get the results of the PCR test,” Javid said in a video posted Saturday on his account. He clarified that he had previously received two injections of the vaccine, “and so far the symptoms of the disease are very mild.”
According to Javid, anyone who has similar symptoms or thinks they have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should get tested. He also encouraged those who have not yet been immunized to get the COVID-19 vaccine soon. Javid succeeded Matt Hancock as Health Secretary less than three weeks ago after surveillance footage surfaced online showing his predecessor kissing a colleague in his office in violation of social distancing rules.
Sajid Javid, a former member of the governments of David Cameron and Theresa May and former head of the Home Office, made statements about the need to lift the restrictive measures, which incurred the wrath of politicians, experts, and the public, noting that “the pandemic has subsided” and being compared to the so-called “covid dissidents”. Now, by his own example, Javid has seen how insidious the virus and its mutations are.
According to the Associated Press, his statement came after Britain reported 51,870 cases of the coronavirus on Friday, the highest daily number of cases in six months.