LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Finance Minister Rishi Sunak will be restricted to working from their offices and subjected to daily COVID-19 tests after being identified as a contact of a person who tested positive for the virus.

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“The Prime Minister and Chancellor have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace as contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid,” a statement from Johnsons office in Downing Street said on Sunday.

Typically, anyone identified as a contact by the research program would be required by law to self-isolate for 10 days.

However, the two most senior government ministers will instead participate in a pilot study that will allow them to continue working from their desks and only isolate themselves when not working.

“They will participate in the daily contact test pilot project to allow them to continue working from Downing Street,” Downing Street said. “They will only conduct essential government business during this time.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; edited by William James, Kirsten Donovan

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