Alister Jack is third UK cabinet member to self-isolate during Covid-19 outbreak | Politics

A third member of Boris Johnson’s cabinet is self-isolating after developing coronavirus symptoms.

Alister Jack the secretary of state for Scotland, said he had not been tested for Covid-19 but had a mild temperature and cough.

He said: “In the past 24 hours, I have developed mild symptoms associated with coronavirus. In line with medical guidance, I am self-isolating and working from home.”

Alister Jack is seen next to Boris Johnson at PMQs on 28 March 2020.



Alister Jack is seen next to Boris Johnson at PMQs on 28 March 2020. Photograph: YouTube

It comes after the prime minister and the health secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed on Friday that they had tested positive for Covid-19. England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, also revealed that he had symptoms.


Jack can be seen sitting in between Johnson and Hancock during prime minister’s questions on Wednesday. The government has recommended everyone keep 2 metres apart to prevent the spread of the virus.

All three have said they will also continue their roles while working from home.

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