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Last week Baroness Harding’s husband was told to self-isolate by the app

Nov 18, 2020

The head of the governments coronavirus test and trace system is self-isolating after receiving an alert from her own service.
Baroness Harding, a Conservative peer, posted an image of the you need to self-isolate app notification, and wrote: Nothing like personal experience of your own products got this overnight. Feeling well. Many hours of Zoom ahead.
Last week her husband the Tory MP John Penrose was also told to quarantine after coming into contact with an infected person.
Under government guidelines, individuals who are ordered to self-isolate by the app must do so for 14 days from the last time they met their contact.
The screenshot posted by Baroness Harding said she had nine days remaining in her period of self-isolation, suggesting she was in close proximity to a person who had potentially contracted the virus five days ago.
It comes after No 10 revealed Boris Johnson was quarantining after coming into close contact with Ashfield MP Lee Anderson, who developed symptoms last week and tested positive for the virus at the weekend.
In a video message the prime minister, who was hospitalised with Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic, insisted he was as fit as a butchers dog but had been told to self-isolate until 26 November after being pinged by the test ad trace system.
Since the breakfast meeting last week, five more MPs Lia Nici, Brendan Clarke-Smith, Andy Carter, Katherine Fletcher and Chris Clarkson are also understood to have gone into 14 days of self-isolation.
Mr Johnson will, however, participate in prime ministers questions later today via video link from Downing Street.