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Boris Johnson tests negative for Covid but must continue self-isolation

Boris Johnson reaches out during a virtual press conference on the coronavirus pandemic at 10 Downing Street in central London. Johnson is self-isolating after being told he came into contact

British media reported that Johnson made the remarks during a video meeting with Conservative Party lawmakers on Monday evening, in which he also said Scottish devolution had been former Prime Minister Tony Blair's "biggest mistake".

The British leader had been hoping to seize back the initiative after last week's drama in Downing Street.

"Much more has to be said through the zoom of course and other means of electronic communication".

Weekend newspapers were full of reports of bitter rows between rival factions in Downing Street that painted a picture of a government in chaos.

Despite testing negative for Covid-19, the prime minister must remain holed up in Downing Street until next Thursday, which will be two weeks after the meeting.

Unite the union urged constituents to email their MPs today to "tell them to call on Boris Johnson to get a deal".

Downing Street has not said how long Johnson will be in isolation for.

Johnson will agree a one-year public spending plan with his finance minister, Rishi Sunak - to be announced on November 25 - and he will publish this week a plan setting out steps for a "green industrial revolution" to boost green jobs as Britain aims for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the statement said.

"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".

Jacob Young (Redcar), Maria Miller (Basingstoke), Marco Longhi (Dudley North) and Matt Vickers (Stockton South) have said they too are self-isolating, while Kieran Mullan (Crewe and Nantwich) has reportedly been contacted by test and trace.

"I'm bursting with antibodies", Johnson said. "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".

Mr Hancock told Times Radio: "For instance, probably more often than not, when I see the prime minister I see him by Zoom".

On Monday morning, Lia Nici, the MP for Great Grimsby, also said she had been contacted by test and trace after being at the same meeting.

Anderson later developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 and posted on his Facebook page to say he was self-isolating.

"We are weeks away from the end of the transition period and there has been little other than empty rhetoric from the Government on what they are going to do about it".

The PM intends to address the country during his confinement, Downing Street said. Under the "hybrid" parliament arrangements, MPs can only take part in some proceedings by video link.

Johnson was out of action for almost a month when he caught the virus during the first wave of infections from March. He initially continued to work in Downing Street before his health worsened and he was taken to intensive care. Ashfield MP Mr Anderson later tested positive for coronavirus.