Kate Middleton is currently self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who's tested positive for COVID-19. Proving that even the royal family isn't immune from receiving 'the ping' from the NHS Track & Trace app, which tells you you've come into contact with someone who now has coronavirus and must now isolate yourself, the Duchess of Cambridge has had to cancel all of her engagements today as a precaution.
"Last week The Duchess of Cambridge came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19," a Kensington Palace spokesperson said. "Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home," the statement continued.
The NHS Track & Trace app is designed to minimise unknowing spread of coronavirus by informing people that they have been in close proximity to someone who has gone onto test positive for COVID. You have to self-isolate for up to 10 days since coming into contact with the infected person, however this doesn't necessarily mean you'll end up isolating for the full 10 days. If the person in question tests positive four days after coming into contact with you, for example, you would be instructed by the app to remain at home for the following six days, until the full 10-day period is up.
Recently, as social distancing restrictions have become increasingly relaxed in the UK, there has been anecdotal evidence to suggest the number of people being 'pinged' by the app has dramatically increased. Despite having already had both her COVID vaccinations, Kate Middleton was still required to isolate because there's still a small chance she could have caught the virus and may potentially be able to pass it on.
The news about the Duchess of Cambridge's isolation period comes shortly after it's been announced that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address the nation this evening to discuss the planned removal of restrictions in England on 19 July. It's expected he will confirm that wearing face masks will become voluntary on 'freedom day' mid-month, and that the '1 metre plus' social distancing rule as well as Track & Trace sign-ins at restaurants and bars will all come to an end.
The Prime Minister is set to inform the nation that it will now be a case of living with coronavirus, as opposed to trying to eliminate it completely. Let's look forward to even more normality, shall we!
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