Health Secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for coronavirus and is experiencing “mild” symptoms.
In a tweet, he revealed: “This morning I tested positive for Covid.
“I’m waiting for my PCR result, but thankfully I have had my jabs and symptoms are mild.
“Please make sure you come forward for your vaccine if you haven’t already.”
Mr Javid‘s symptoms emerged just three days after he visited a care home in Streatham, south London.
He was there on Tuesday, having earlier been in parliament. He returned to the Commons on Wednesday and spoke about the Health and Care Bill in the afternoon.
A photographer has also claimed he pictured Mr Javid leaving Number 10 Downing Street on Friday after a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Sky’s chief political correspondent Jon Craig said: “We could be looking here at a COVID scare right at the top of government.”
Sky News has asked Number 10 for more confirmation.
The health secretary, who replaced Matt Hancock in the role last month, got the positive result from a lateral flow test that he took after feeling “a bit groggy” last night and he says he is now self-isolating at home with his family.
Mr Javid, who has had both jabs of a vaccine, said he was awaiting the result of a confirmation PCR test.
“I was feeling a bit groggy last night, so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it’s come out positive, so I’m now self-isolating at home with my family until I get the results of a PCR test,” he said in a video on his Twitter account.
“I’m grateful that I’ve had two jabs of the vaccine and so far my symptoms are very mild.”
During his visit to Aashna House care home earlier this week, Mr Javid said he wanted to “thank care home staff” and “staff across the country for the incredible work they have been doing”.
He said: “Their job is hard enough in normal times, but of course during the pandemic, it was so much harder.”
He added that reforms in the social care sector will be a “huge priority” for him.
Mr Javid tweeted on 17 March that he had received a first shot of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and posted a picture of him getting a second dose on 16 May.
While coronavirus vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, fully vaccinated people are less likely to experience severe symptoms even if they test positive.
Mr Javid was made health secretary after Mr Hancock gave into pressure to quit over a leaked video of him kissing departmental aide Gina Coladangelo in his office.
Former chancellor and home secretary Mr Javid said he was “honoured” to be appointed to the role – just 90 minutes after Downing Street announced Mr Hancock had quit.
Mr Javid also follows Mr Hancock in having had COVID – his predecessor tested positive in the early days of the pandemic and so did Mr Johnson, who ended up in intensive care in April 2020.
Not long before he revealed he’d tested positive for COVID, Mr Javid commented on holidaymakers returning to England from France having to self-isolate when they get back even if they are fully vaccinated.
Following the surprise policy U-turn on Friday night, he said: “We have always been clear that we will not hesitate to take rapid action at our borders to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the gains made by our successful vaccination programme.”