Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has developed mild symptoms associated with coronavirus and is self-isolating, he has announced.

Mr Jack, the Conservative MP for Dumfries and Galloway, said he has not been tested for the virus and his symptoms are a mild temperature and a cough.

He said: ‘In the past 24 hours, I have developed mild symptoms associated with coronavirus.

‘In line with medical guidance, I am self-isolating and working from home.’

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus, and is leading the country from self-isolation.



Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive, while Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has symptoms of coronavirus and is also self-isolating.

At the evening press briefing yesterday, Cabinet minister Michael Gove declined to be drawn on whether MPs had too slow when it came to social distancing, saying the fact both Mr Johnson and Mr Hancock had Covid-19 showed the ‘virus does not discriminate’, adding: ‘We are all at risk.’

He said the rate of infection across the UK was doubling every two to three days.

Meanwhile, NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said NHS staff would start being tested for coronavirus from next week, including critical care nurses, intensive care staff, ambulance workers and GPs.

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