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Bungling Prime Minister Boris Johnson was bounced into another screeching Covid U-turn on Sunday morning after taking almost three hours to decide that he will actually follow the same self-isolation rules as the rest of the country.

Early on Sunday (July 18), Downing Street sparked outrage by claiming that the PM and Chancellor of the Exchequer would not have to go into self-isolation – despite bing pinged by NHS Test and Trace as having been close contacts of someone with Covid.

The news came less than 48 hours after the PM had a face-to-face meeting with Covid-stricken Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

But the government faced a huge backlash when a spokesperson confirmed he would not be self isolating – unlike more than 500,000 Brits pinged by the app last week.

Instead, they said, the Prime Minister would be taking part in a daily contact testing pilot – not yet widely available across the country – which would allow him to continue to work from Downing Street.

Just over two and a half hours later, a No.10 spokesman confirmed that Boris would actually follow the rules his own government had come up with.

The spokesman said: "The Prime Minister was at Chequers when contacted by Test and Trace and will remain there to isolate. He will not be taking part in the testing pilot.

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"He will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely. The Chancellor has also been contacted and will also isolate as required and will not be taking part in the pilot."

Chancellor Rishi Sunak also tweeted: “Whilst the test and trace pilot is fairly restrictive, allowing only essential government business, I recognise that even the sense that the rules aren’t the same for everyone is wrong.

“To that end I’ll be self-isolating as normal and not taking part in the pilot.”

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