Seven months after tackling a serious case of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that he would be quarantined after coming into contact with a lawmaker, who was later found infected.
Mr. Johnson’s office said in a statement that he was feeling fine and showing no symptoms.
Experts say it’s too early to know how long immunity to the coronavirus will last, but reinfection with the virus is considered very rare for at least many months after the initial illness.
Mr Johnson was isolated after the National Health Service’s test and trace program contacted him and said he was exposed to the coronavirus. On Thursday, he spent about half an hour with a MP who tested positive for feeling sick.
Aside from isolating himself, Mr Johnson is running his business as usual, officials said. “He will continue to work on Downing Street leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” his office said in a statement.
The prime minister had close contact with the virus in April when he was hospitalized and spent three days in intensive care.
Mr Johnson has been repeatedly accused of poorly addressing the pandemic, but appeared chaste when he got out of the hospital.
In an emotional five-minute video, Mr. Johnson thanked the country’s National Health Service, stating that it “saved my life, no question about it”.
Over three months in the summer, the percentage of people in the UK with detectable antibodies to the coronavirus fell by about 27 percent. Experts say it is normal for antibody levels to drop after the body clears an infection. If necessary, however, immune cells already carry a memory of the virus and can produce fresh antibodies.
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Officials in the impoverished Gaza Strip announced more than 400 new infections on Sunday, the highest single-day number since the first cases of community transmission were discovered in the area in late August. The authorities ordered that almost all shops close at 5 p.m. A night curfew from 8 p.m. is already in place. According to the Ministry of Health, 10,532 people – whose population is relatively young – were infected and 48 died on Sunday morning in Gaza.
India Doctors will be flying to the New Delhi area, doubling the number of tests carried out and making sure people wear masks to help contain the spread of the coronavirus in the capital, according to Reuters. “Delhi has seen a huge surge in daily active cases that is likely to get worse over the next few weeks,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet.