David Quarrey, the UK PM’s worldwide affairs adviser and deputy nationwide safety adviser, examined constructive every week after getting back from India on March 25, after travelling there with Lord Udny-Lister, Johnson’s then key aide, on what turned out to be a failed mission to safe tens of millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the SII.
The SII delivered 5 million vaccine doses to the UK in early March however held again the subsequent 5 million it had promised owing to the rising Covid circumstances in India. It precipitated a brief scarcity of vaccines in Britain and led to the doomed journey.
Being a authorities consultant, who was conducting important state enterprise exterior of the UK, Quarrey was exempted from quarantine and testing necessities.
He took a pre-departure Covid take a look at in India forward of flying again to the UK on March 25. That take a look at was discovered to be destructive. Quarrey then flew again to the UK and went again to work in Whitehall.
He didn’t have Covid signs on return from his journey to India.
Nevertheless, On April 1, every week after his return, Quarrey acquired a message from NHS Check and Trace informing him that somebody on the identical flight had examined constructive for Covid.
He took a coronavirus take a look at the identical day, was discovered to be constructive, and went into self-isolation for 10 days.
Earlier than being contacted by NHS Check and Hint, Quarrey had been in his workplace in Whitehall, together with at 10, Downing Avenue.
Downing Avenue sought to minimize fears he might have helped deliver the ‘Indian variant’ of the virus into Britain. No.10 stated that every one his shut contacts adopted the right procedures and self-isolated after he was discovered to be constructive.
“Mr Quarrey adopted the right procedures on his return to the UK,” a authorities spokesperson stated.
His journey got here forward of the deliberate go to by Johnson this weekend, which was cancelled final week as a result of India’s lethal second wave of the virus. Final March, Johnson was hospitalised with Covid and a string of ministers and authorities advisors had additionally caught it.