Boris Johnson vows to take part in this week's PMQs via Zoom as he self-isolates

BORIS Johnson has vowed to take part in this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions via Zoom in an historic first.

The PM has to self-isolate for another ten days after coming into contact with an MP who was later struck down with Covid last Thursday.

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But he insisted the blow will not make him miss his weekly bout with opposition chief Sir Keir Starmer and has ordered Commons bosses to set up a video link.

In a video confirming he is locked down in his Downing Street flat and office, Mr Johnson promised he has "plenty more to say by Zoom and other means of electronic communication".

And he insisted he is "in good health" and that he has "no symptoms" after the meeting with sickly Tory MP Lee Anderson.

But despite “bursting with antibodies”, he said he must obey the rules despite being nearly struck down by the virus in April.

Mr Johnson had been planning to start the week by relaunching his premiership after days of brual infighting that resulted in ousting of his top adviser Dominic Cummings and spin doctor Lee Cain.

But on Monday morning Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said he did not think the Prime Minister would be "in any way hampered" by his isolation.

On a visit to a coronavirus testing site in Liverpool, he said the PM must “follow the rules like everyone else.”

He added: “I'm sure he's incredibly frustrated, I'm sure lots of other people are, but that's the rules."

And Matt Hancock said: "I know that the Prime Minister will still be making announcements, talking publicly, and you can absolutely do that – the power of Zoom.

"The majority of my meetings with him are on Zoom and it's more convenient for both of us. That's now a pretty standard and regular part of Government business.

"And in fact, I find Zoom much more convenient sometimes.

"He'll still be able to operate perfectly effectively across Zoom. The whole Downing Street is set up for remote working now. "

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