On Saturday, the health ministry of the UK, Sajid Javid said that he has tested positive for coronavirus disease and is currently self-isolating at home along with his family.
He posted a video message on Twitter in which he said that he was feeling a bit groggy last night, so he took a lateral flow test this morning, and it came out positive.
Javid further added that he is now self-isolating at home with his family until he gets the result of a PCR test. The UK health minister also said that he is grateful that he has had two doses of the vaccine and, so far, his symptoms are very mild.
On May 16 the newly-appointed health secretary posted a picture of him getting the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine which indicates that he was fully vaccinated. Javid has earlier backed PM Boris Johnson’s plan to remove almost all restrictions on July 19 amid a raging third Covid-19 wave.
A massive surge of Covid-19 cases is taking place in Britain, which is mainly driven by the Delta variant. Britain recorded the highest single-day Covid-19 cases in six months on Friday, which led to a total caseload of more than 5.35 million. Warning against the variant has been given by the experts, as nearly half of the country’s population is either partly vaccinated or unvaccinated.
A recent study stated that a single shot of Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccines “barely” induce neutralizing antibodies against the Delta variant in individuals previously not infected with the coronavirus which caused concern in countries that extended the gap between the two vaccine shots.