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Prof Jonathan Van Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, is the latest senior figure to reveal he is in self-isolation.

Joining the Friday afternoon press briefing via a video link, he said “I am sorry I can’t be with you personally, I am actually self isolating at the moment, due to a household contact.”

He has signed off each answer with “over”, perhaps setting a new standard for virtual communications during the pandemic,

Van Tam is not the only one. NHS England’s medical director, Stephen Powis, also joined the press briefing remotely because he is self-isolating.

Other senior figures confined to their home include Boris Johnson, who is currently isolating after one of the MPs who joined a meeting at Downing Street this week tested positive for the coronavirus, and Dido Harding – head of the test and trace service – who is self-isolating after the NHS app revealed she had been in contact with a positive case.

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