Boris Johnson declares he's 'bursting with antibodies' and insists he was social distancing after forced self-isolation
BORIS Johnson today said he feels as "fit as a butcher's dog" after he was forced to self-isolate when he met an MP who now has Covid.
The PM nearly died after catching the coronavirus earlier this year.
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NHS Test and Trace told him yesterday he must self-isolate for 14 days.
In a video tweet, he said this morning that he "feels great" and is "bursting with antibodies".
He also hit back at criticism for not wearing a mask when meeting a group of MPs, including Lee Anderson who later tested positive, by saying they all "followed social distancing" rules.
The Prime Minister said the UK now has "two gigantic boxing gloves to wallop the disease into submission" – mass testing and a prospect of a vaccine, which he hopes could be rolled out "before Christmas".
"FIT AS A BUTCHER'S DOG"
Mr Johnson said: "Hi folks, the good news is that NHS Test and Trace is working ever more efficiently.
"The bad news is they've pinged me and I've got to self-isolate because somebody I was in contact with a few days ago has developed Covid.
"It doesn't matter that we were all doing social distancing, it doesn't matter that I'm fit as a butcher's dog and feel great.
"It doesn't matter that I've had the disease and I'm bursting with antibodies, we've got to interrupt the spread of the disease.
"One of the ways we can do that is to self-isolate for 14 days when you get contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
"I do it with a high heart, full of optimism and confidence.
It doesn't matter that we were all doing social distancing, it doesn't matter that I'm fit as a butcher's dog and feel great."
"Because don't forget, we not only have this technique for interrupting the transmission of Covid.
"But we also now have two gigantic boxing gloves with which to wallop our foe into submission, mass lateral flow testing, rapid turnaround testing of a kind that this country is leading the way in.
"We've got tens of millions of these tests already and of course the prospect of a vaccine which I hope we'll be able to start distributing to those who really need it, perhaps even before Christmas.
"That's the way forward, I'm absolutely confident we can beat this disease."
The PM does not have coronavirus symptoms but came into contact with an MP who tested positive.
"BURSTING WITH ANTIBODIES"
He tweeted last night: “I have no symptoms and will be working from No 10 as I continue to lead the government’s pandemic response.”
He also declared he feels “better than ever” and “bursting with antibodies”.
Scientists say testing positive may not guarantee immunity from getting the virus again.
The dramatic development comes at a torrid time — following the resignations of aides Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain ahead of make-or-break Brexit trade talks this week.
But Boris is expected to address the nation while in self-isolation.
He was contacted by Test and Trace after meeting Tory MPs, including Lee Anderson, in Downing Street on Thursday.Mr Anderson has since tested positive.
The PM told the Tory WhatsApp group last night: “It doesn’t matter that I feel fine — better than ever — or that my body is bursting with antibodies because I have already had the damn thing.
“The rules are the rules and they are there to stop the spread of the disease.
“Will this slow me down or in any way impede my work over the next few days? Of course not.”
A picture from Thursday shows the PM and Mr Anderson not wearing face masks and apparently not two metres apart.
Mr Anderson’s wife, who is in the shielded group, has tested positive as well.
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