Michael Gove in Covid alert after trip to Porto Champions League trip

Michael Gove in Covid alert after trip to Porto: Cabinet member had to abandon Downing Street meeting with Boris Johnson after being ‘pinged’ by NHS app following Champions League final 

  • Michael Gove was notified through NHS Track and Trace that he had come into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus in recent days
  • It is believed it may have happened when he and his son flew back to the UK
  • The pair had been attending the Champions League final in Portugal
  • Gove will be tested every day for a week instead of self-isolating for 10 days

Michael Gove had to abandon a No 10 meeting with Boris Johnson and devolved leaders yesterday when he was alerted by the NHS coronavirus app after attending the Champions League final in Portugal with his son.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster was notified that he had come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus in recent days.

It is believed it may have happened when he and his Chelsea-supporting son, 16, flew back to the UK after attending the match between the London side and Manchester City at the weekend.

More than 12,000 football fans travelled to Porto for the match on Saturday and supporters on several flights said they had since been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace app. 

Under a pilot scheme for workplaces including No 10, Mr Gove will be tested every day for a week rather than having to isolate at home for ten days. 

Participants who have a lateral flow test each morning are allowed to attend their workplace as normal and do exercise, but are not allowed to socialise with others.

Ministers are hoping to eventually extend the scheme to the whole of the country.

Michael Gove (pictured) had to abandon a No 10 meeting with Boris Johnson and devolved leaders yesterday when he was alerted by the NHS coronavirus app after attending the Champions League final in Portugal with his son [File photo]

Mr Gove was in the middle of a meeting with the Prime Minister, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, other ministers and the leaders of the devolved administrations when he received the notification. 

Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, Wales’s Mark Drakeford and Northern Ireland’s Arlene Foster were taking part remotely.

A spokesman for Mr Gove last night said: ‘The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is participating in the daily contact testing programme after being advised to isolate today by NHS Test and Trace.

‘He has followed COVID-19 regulations and guidance at all times and will continue to do so.’ 

Yesterday, it was claimed that up to five flights occupied by Manchester City fans returning from the match against Chelsea had been affected. 

Although it remains unclear if the exposures took place on the return flights, several travellers highlighted the journeys as the likely point of contact.

The Track and Trace, which does not work abroad, uses Bluetooth technology to detect whether somebody has been in close contact with a coronavirus carrier.

Dom Farrell, a sports journalist for Stats Perform, travelled to Porto for work and received a notification from NHS Test and Trace four days after flying home.

He said a colleague on the same flight had received the same notification.

Mr Farrell questioned why the game took place abroad considering that two English clubs were competing against each other, forcing fans to travel.

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