Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IANS) Telangana's health authorities on Wednesday advised all those who participated in the campaign for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections to isolate themselves for next one week.All the party leaders, party workers, and other individuals who were directly involved in the campaigning have been urged to isolate so that they don't end up spreading Covid-19.Director of Public Health Dr Srinivas Rao said individuals who were actively involved in the campaigning can also get themselves tested at the nearest government urban primary health centre.Symptoms, if any, for such individuals are expected to appear between five to 10 days.During self-isolation at their homes, the individuals must not interact with family members and ensure use of masks, hand sanitisers and physical distancing.The official said self-isolation by individuals who participated in the campaign was necessary in view of the possible second wave of the infection.He said while the Covid situation in the state was fully under control, the winter has set in and elections to the GHMC were also conducted. All parties ran intensive campaign and people in large numbers participated. "In this situation we should be careful and should unwillingly not become the reason for a second wave," Rao said.--IANSms/vd
London, Nov 17 (IANS) Ten other Conservative MPs were currently self-isolating along with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson after one of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a media report said.After losing his sense of taste on November 13, Conservative MP Lee Anderson announced on Sunday that he was self-isolating with his wife following their Covid-10 positive diagnosis.On November 12, Anderson had attended a meeting with Johnson, who had tested positive for the virus in April, in 10 Downing Street along with five other Conservative MPs -- Andy Carter, Katherine Fletcher, Brendan Clarke-Smith, Chris Clarkson, Lia Niciwho -- who are also self-isolating, said the Sky News report.Two of the Prime Minister's political aides, who were also in attendance, are also quarantining.Meanwhile, two other MPs, Marco Longhi and Matt Vickers, announced on Monday that they were self-isolating after receiving a message from the NHS Test and Trace service.It was not however clear if they attended the November 12 meeting.Responding to the development, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said on Monday that social distancing was observed at the meeting."We take every possible step to ensure that hand sanitiser is made available to people as soon as they arrive at the building and it is available throughout the building as you travel through it."But as I say, factors such as the length of the meeting meant that it was the advice of Test and Trace that the Prime Minister should self-isolate, and he of course will follow that instruction," Sky News quoted the spokesman as saying.The pandemic has so far infected 1,394,299 people across the UK and killed 52,240 others.The UK is the first European nation to record more than 50,000 coronavirus deaths. It is the fifth country in the world to hit the tragic milestone, following the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.--IANSksk/
London, Nov 16 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this year, on Monday announced that he was self-isolating after "being in contact with someone with Covid-19".Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said: "I've been instructed by our NHS Test and Trace scheme to self-isolate for two weeks, after being in contact with someone with Covid-19. "I'm in good health and have no symptoms, and will continue to lead on our response to the virus and our plans to #BuildBackBetter."In a video, also posted on the micro-blogging platform, Johnson said that he was "pinged" by the NHS Test and Trace on Sunday and was asked to self-isolate as a precautionary measure."We have got to interrupt the spread of the disease and one of the ways we could do that now is by self-isolating for 14 days when you get contacted by NHS Test and Trace," Johnson said in the video. "I am absolutely confident that together we can beat this disease. Don't forget hands, face, space, get a test if you have symptoms," he added.According to a BBC report, the Prime Minister on November 12 spent about 35 minutes with Conservative MP Lee Anderson, who lost his sense of taste the next day.On Sunday, Anderson announced that he was self-isolating with his wife after they both tested positive for the virus.In April, Johnson spent three nights in intensive care after contracting the disease.He later said it "could have gone either way" and thanked healthcare workers for saving his life.The development comes as England is currently under a national lockdown, the second of its kind since the onset of the pandemic in the UK, aimed at curbing the resurgence of new Covid-19 cases.As of Monday, the UK's Covid-19 caseload and death toll stood at 1,372,884 and 52,026, respectively.--IANSksk/
London, Nov 16 (IANS) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-quarantining after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, a Downing Street spokesman said in a statement Sunday.The spokesman said the prime minister "will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.""The PM is well and does not have any symptoms of Covid-19," the statement added.Johnson had a meeting with some MPs in 10 Downing Street on Thursday morning, including Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield, who later developed coronavirus symptoms and tested positive, the Xinhua news agency reported.The prime minister recovered from Covid-19, the coronavirus-caused illness, after contracting the virus in late March and spending three days in intensive care in early April.England is currently under a month-long national lockdown until December 2, the second of its kind since the coronavirus outbreak in Britain, in a bid to quell the resurgence of coronavirus.Another 24,962 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the national tally to 13,69,318, according to official figures released Sunday.The coronavirus-related deaths in Britain rose by 168 to 51,934, the data showed.To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.--IANSrs/
London, Nov 6 (IANS) UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has self-iolated after being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus."The Foreign Secretary was today informed that an individual with whom he has been in recent close contact with has tested positive for coronavirus," Xinhua news agency quoted a report by the Independent newspaper citing an informed source as saying."In line with Government regulations and NHS (National Health Service) track and trace rules, the Foreign Secretary has taken immediate steps to self-isolate for the required period. He will continue to work remotely during this time," the source added.It is understood that Raab himself has not tested positive, but he will have to isolate for 14 days following the guidance.The latest development came as England on Thursday entered into a month-long national lockdown, the second of its kind since the onset of the pandemic in the UK.Under the lockdown, people in England will only be allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons, such as education, work or food shopping.Pubs, bars and restaurants will close across the country except for takeaways. Non-essential shops, hairdressers and leisure and entertainment venues will also be shut.Unlike the first lockdown, schools, colleges and universities will remain open and those who cannot work from home, such as construction or manufacturing workers, will be encouraged to continue going to their workplaces.The UK is the ninth country to reach the grim milestone of a million coronavirus cases after the US, India, Brazil, Russia, France, Spain, Argentina and Colombia.The country's overall caseload and death toll stood at 1,126,469 and 48,210, respectively.--IANSksk/
Stockholm - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has self-quarantined after one of his close contacts was exposed to someone who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, the Prime Minister said that his contact had tested negative and that he himself was feeling well, reports Xinhua news agency.
"We have no symptoms," Lofven wrote of himself and his wife, adding that "in accordance with recommendations, we will take a corona test as soon as possible".
The Prime Minister plans to work remotely while he and his wife stay at home "for the time being".
He also urged Swedes to take the Public Health Agency's recommendations seriously and to stay at home at the slightest sign of a flu.
The Prime Minister's decision to go into quarantine comes at a time when Sweden is experiencing a growing infection rate, with several regions introducing stricter social-distancing recommendations and restrictions.
Swedish Public Health Agency reported 4,034 new infections and five new deaths from the coronavirus since Wednesday.
To date, the country has registered 141,764 confirmed cases and 6,002 deaths. (IANS)
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