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COVID-19: Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says she has tested positive for coronavirus hours after addressing Commons

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who gave a statement in the House of Commons about Russia earlier on Monday, says she has tested positive for COVID-19.

She said on Twitter: “Thankfully I’ve had my three jabs and will be working from home while I isolate.”

Ms Truss was due to travel to Ukraine on Tuesday.

The Foreign Office says no other minister will replace Ms Truss on the trip, and the prime minister will continue testing regularly. He is not required to isolate.

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The foreign secretary becomes the second member of the cabinet to test positive for COVID in the past few days, after Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi revealed a positive result from Sunday.

Ms Truss was in the House of Commons earlier today when Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised to the country following the publication of a pared back version of the Sue Gray report.

Neither was wearing a mask during proceedings. They were separated by Home Secretary Priti Patel, also maskless, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who was wearing a mask.

On Ms Truss’s other flank was Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who was wearing a face covering.

The foreign secretary was also at a meeting of hundreds of Conservative MPs this evening.

She left the gathering early and hurried past Sky News correspondents without replying to questions.

Earlier today, Ms Truss was in the Commons to give an update on new legislation in response to Russian pressure on the Ukrainian border.

Among the measures announced were new financial restrictions on individuals who are significant to the Kremlin.

She told MPs that “nothing is off the table and there will be nowhere to hide”.

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A large number of Conservative MPs were seen in the House of Commons without masks during today’s proceedings.

The legal requirement to wear masks ended last week, although it is still suggested in some scenarios.



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