NHS test-and-trace boss’s husband told to self-isolate

The MP husband of the NHS test-and-trace chief, Dido Harding, has been told to self-isolate after potentially coming into contact with someone who has coronavirus.

The Tory MP John Penrose was alerted by the NHS Covid-19 app, part of the operation overseen by his wife.

Lady Harding had not been told to self-isolate, Penrose said.

The Weston-super-Mare MP said on Twitter: “It never rains but it pours…. my NHS app has just gone off, telling me to self-isolate, which I’m doing. No symptoms so far *crosses fingers*.”

Asked if he had spoken to his wife about it, he told PA Media: “We are trying to make sure we are doing it by the book, if I can put it that way. Her NHS app has not gone off, so it’s someone I have been in contact with rather than her.”

In response to a suggestion that it showed the system worked, Penrose said: “I suppose it does.”


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