NI Secretary Brandon Lewis isolates after positive Covid test

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis goes into self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

  • Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has tested positive for coronavirus
  • Mr Lewis said he is experiencing only ‘mild’ symptoms ‘thanks to the vaccine’
  • Keir Starmer recently isolated and minister George Freeman had ‘bad attack’

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis today revealed he is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Cabinet minister tweeted this morning disclosing he has a confirmed case but ‘thanks to the vaccine’ is ‘so far only experiencing mild symptoms’.

He is the latest in a long line of politicians to come down with coronavirus recently. Keir Starmer only emerged from isolation over the weekend, while science minister George Freeman is missing the COP26 summit this week due to a ‘bad attack’.

Mr Lewis was in Belfast visiting a Women’s Aid and Victim Support centre on Friday, but said he has been staying away from others since symptoms appeared over the weekend.

Brandon Lewis tweeted this morning disclosing he has a confirmed case but ‘thanks to the vaccine’ is ‘so far only experiencing mild symptoms’

Mr Lewis was in Belfast visiting a Women’s Aid and Victim Support centre on Friday, but said he has been staying away from others since symptoms appeared over the weekend

‘I have tested positive for coronavirus,’ he tweeted. ‘Thanks to the vaccine I am so far only experiencing mild symptoms.

‘I have been self-isolating since I first experienced signs of symptoms and following my positive PCR result I will continue to do so in line with Government regulations.’

The Great Yarmouth MP is expecting to be out of isolation next Tuesday. 

Infection rates for the virus have remained high in Northern Ireland in recent months with more than 1,000 cases a day notified in the region since July.

Earlier this year deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill contracted Covid-19.

In September, she revealed she had suffered a ‘quite severe’ dose of the virus, and at one stage had contemplated going to hospital.

Mr Freeman disclosed his struggles with the illness yesterday. 

He said: ‘Sorry to report I’ve had a bad attack of Covid over last 3 days w difficulty breathing on Fri/Sat (thanks to @EastEnglandAmb team for your help). 

‘Confined on DR’s orders to bed for another few days & then quarantine til next Monday, when I hope to be back fighting fit.’

Science minister George Freeman is missing the COP26 summit this week due to a ‘bad attack’

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