Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is forced into Covid isolation after being ‘pinged’ as an infected person’s contact
- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby isolating after he was pinged by NHS app
- Mr Welby is awaiting result of a PCR test after being in contact with a Covid case
- Comes after he said he was ‘disappointed’ to see a picture of Tory party last year
- He said it was ‘clearly essential’ for a culture of honesty to come from UK leaders
The Archbishop of Canterbury is isolating after being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid-19 app.
The Most Reverend Justin Welby is now waiting for the results of a PCR test following the notification that he has come into contact with an infected person.
He has been advised to isolate because he has been experiencing cold symptoms for a week.
The disruption to his schedule comes in the run-up to his high-profile address to the congregation at Canterbury Cathedral on Christmas Day.
A spokesman for Lambeth Palace said the archbishop ‘has been advised to isolate while he awaits the result of a PCR test’, adding: ‘He has been given this advice because he has been experiencing cold symptoms for the past week – however he has been taking daily lateral flow tests which have all been negative.’
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (pictured speaking during the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in November) is isolating after being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid-19 app
It comes after Mr Welby said he was ‘disappointed’ to see a photograph of a party at Conservative headquarters in December last year.
On Tuesday, the Daily Mirror published a photograph showing former Tory London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey – who challenged Sadiq Khan in the election – with more than 20 other people wearing party hats or holding drinks.
Mr Welby said it was ‘clearly essential’ that a culture of honesty should come from the Government amid a string of allegations about Covid rule-breaking parties held in Downing Street and elsewhere last year.
He told BBC Newscast: ‘First of all, obviously, we must obey the rules. Obviously, we must all obey the rules.
‘Secondly, there’s an investigation going on. I won’t pre-judge that but we need to set an example.’
Mr Welby said it was ‘clearly essential’ that a culture of honesty should come from the Government amid a string of allegations about Covid rule-breaking parties held in Downing Street and elsewhere last year (pictured, Boris Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions)
Mr Welby added: ‘On a human level, I, just disappointed, really. I make so many mistakes myself, I’m not a big one for throwing stones…
‘I don’t really do much on judging people, but we must obey the rules. We have to depersonalise it, let’s get away from that example, and I’d say: ‘Obey the rules, stick to the rules.”
The Tories previously admitted the party had taken place on December 14, when London was in Tier 2 restrictions and said that staff have been disciplined.
The rules meant that no mixing was allowed indoors apart from with your household or bubble.
Up to six people could meet outside in private gardens or public parks.
Asked if a culture of honesty should come from the top, Mr Welby added: ‘That is clearly essential.
‘And isn’t it wonderful that we have such an extraordinary example at the top, of the Queen with her complete integrity in every possible way.’
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said it was ‘wonderful’ to have such an extraordinary example at the top, of the Queen (pictured, sitting alone during Prince Philip’s funeral in April) with her complete integrity in every possible way’
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