The Chief medical officer Chris Whitty is now self-isolating after suffering coronavirus symptoms.
Professor Whitty will now stay at home for the next seven days in a statement posted on Twitter.
“After experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19 last night, in line with the guidance, I will be self-isolating at home for the next seven days,” said the professor.
“I will be continuing to advise the government on the medical response to coronavirus, supported by my deputies.”
The news follows the announcement that Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have also gone into self-isolation.