Mr Johnson was exposed to coronavirus in a meeting with Tory MPs last week, where Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield, was later diagnosed with the virus. The Reform UK leader then decried the Prime Minister’s self-isolation in an interview. It comes as Brexit negotiations are reaching their deadline, with the UK set to leave the EU on December 31.
Mr Farage, appearing on Fox Business, was interviewed over the Prime Minister’s latest coronavirus scare and branded it a “complete and utter nonsense”.
“You know what, very easy isn’t it? All he has to do is get somebody to pop into Number 10 Downing Street, have a nasal swab test and within 20 minutes he can confirm that.
“And yet, he is going to self-isolate for 14 days, we won’t see him outside the Prime Minister’s house until the 26th of November.
“And he’s doing this to tell us we must all obey the rules. It is a complete and utter nonsense.”
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The Reform UK politician then went onto decry the self-isolation period as it coincides with a fast approaching deadline for Brexit talks and a poor economic state.
Mr Farage added: “And this happening during the worst economic crisis in British peacetime history and as we approach the final stage of our Brexit negotiations.
“So what we need is leadership, not self-isolating.”
Mr Farage recently rebranded his Brexit Party into the anti-lockdown Reform UK, and has frequently challenged the Government’s position on anti-coronavirus measures.
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The Prime Minister announced he would be self-isolating on Twitter yesterday after coming into contact with Mr Anderson.
In a video he posted on Twitter, he said: “The good news is that NHS Test and Trace is working ever more efficiently, the bad news is that 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, feel great – so many people do in my circumstances – and actually 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 and one of the ways we can do that now is by self-isolating for 14 days when you get contacted by NHS Test and Trace.”
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Mr Johnson previously announced he had caught coronavirus on March 27.
He was later hospitalised at St Thomas in London as his condition worsened, before returning to Downing Street on April 27.
Scientists have warned that catching coronavirus does not make you immune, as the antibodies produced by infection only last between five to seven months.
The medical journal Immunity also said in October that while there have only been 10 recorded cases if reinfection after catching COVID-19, studies into reinfection were limited and inconclusive due to viral mutation.
Nigel Farage news: The UK recorded a further 21,363 cases and 213 deaths yesterday
Nigel Farage news: In total, the UK has recorded 1,294,295 cases and 52,239 deaths
It comes as the UK recorded a further 21,363 cases of the virus yesterday.
The Office of National Statistics also reported a further 213 deaths from the virus.
In total, the UK has seen 1,394,295 cases and 52,239 deaths from COVID-19 since January 1.
The UK is in its 12th day of national lockdown restrictions, which were imposed on November 5 and are set to expire on December 2.