Lost public consent Susanna Reid warns Boris Johnson amid Test and Trace backlash

Lost public consent Susanna Reid warns Boris Johnson amid Test and Trace backlash


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Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid hit out at the Prime Minister on social media in a furious tweet. It comes after Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak had been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace as a cabinet colleague tested positive for coronavirus.

The Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer will be participating in a daily contact testing pilot to allow them to continue to work from Downing Street, a spokesperson for No.10 has said.

Some 530,126 people were pinged last week and legally had to isolate, but the Prime Minister and the Chancellor will not.

It is understood that the pair will only have to leave home to work, and will have to take tests every morning to ensure they do not have Covid.

The decision has sparked a furious backlash online after thousands of people have been forced to quarantine and miss work after being “pinged” by the NHS Covid app.

Taking to Twitter, Susanna retweeted a post that read: “BREAKING: Both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have been pinged following the Health Secretary’s positive Covid test.

“But both will continue to work alongside others in Downing Street, taking part in a daily testing pilot for contacts of positive cases.”

In view of her 827,000 followers, Susanna replied: “The Test & Trace system just lost public consent.”

Social media users have since flocked online and have claimed they intend to delete the NHS Covid app.

One wrote: “I’m somewhat ashamed to say that my husband has just deleted the NHS track and trace app following the news that Johnson and Sunak have no intention of isolating having been pinged. The thing is though, who can blame him? Thousands are going to do the same.”

Another commented: “People have literally had to shut their business because too many staff got pinged by test and trace! One more example of one rule for them, one for us! Absolute joke!”

A third wrote: “No wonder so many have deleted the track and trace app.”

“The prime minister has been pinged by track and trace but it doesn’t apply to him because he’s the prime minister and it’s one rule for them and one for everyone else,” a fourth added.


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It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid, announced late on Saturday a full PCR test had confirmed the result of an earlier rapid lateral flow test that he had contracted the virus.

He said in a message posted on his Twitter feed: “My positive result has now been confirmed by PCR test, so I will continue to isolate and work from home.”

While most Covid restrictions lift in England on Monday, the rules on self-isolating for contacts of people who test positive are not eased until August 16.

Then people who are double-jabbed will be able to take tests rather than quarantine at home.

Currently, the pilot Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak are taking part in, only covers 20 organisations including Network Rail and the UK Border Force.

Susanna’s former colleague Piers Morgan also shared his fury on Twitter over the “terrible” decision.

In view of his 7.9 million followers, he tweeted: “WHAT? So once again, one rule for the people setting the rules and another for the rest of us?

“This is a terrible decision.”

Over the past 16 months, Piers has frequently hit out at the Government.

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