Boris Johnson has urged people who are self-isolating to keep themselves socially distanced from those they live with, in a video update from Downing Street.
The Prime Minister has been self-isolating for six days after a meeting with Tory MP Lee Anderson, who later tested positive for Covid-19.
In a video message, Mr Johnson said he wanted to “reach out” to other people forced to self-isolate.
“NHS Test and Trace, which is getting ever better, has achieved what so many of my political foes have wanted to achieve for many years, put me under house arrest,” he said.
“I know how frustrating it can be, so I just wanted to say to everybody else who is in my shoes, don’t forget that, of course, the isolation doesn’t necessarily apply to the people you share your home with – your partner can still go out shopping or whatever.
“Your housemates can still go out to exercise but you have got to make sure that you continue to observe social distancing from them. Your kids can obviously continue to go to school but you’ve got to make sure you observe social distancing from them and follow the basics: hands, face, space.
“And bear in mind what you are doing is incredibly important because that is how we are going to break the chain of transmission, stop the disease, get the R down – as I believe we are doing at the moment – and get in under control.
“Thank you very much everybody for what you are doing.”