Liz Truss tests positive for Covid after speaking in packed Commons | Liz Truss

Liz Truss has tested positive for Covid, shortly after sitting in a packed House of Commons without wearing a mask.

Writing on Twitter on Monday evening, the foreign secretary said: “I tested positive for Covid this evening. Thankfully I’ve had my three jabs and will be working from home while I isolate.”

After the session in the Commons, during which she gave a statement about Russia, Truss also attended a packed meeting with Boris Johnson, Tory MPs and ministers on Monday evening at Portcullis House in Westminster, where she also did not wear a face mask.

All members of the parliamentary Conservative party were invited to the meeting, with the rooms reportedly being so full that some MPs left early.

Very few Tory MPs, including on the Commons frontbench, wore masks in the Commons on Monday; the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and health secretary, Sajid Javid, were notable exceptions.

Government front bench
The government front bench on Monday. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA

Truss was due to travel to Ukraine With the prime minister on Tuesday to meet Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky amid rising tensions with Russia, and was also supposed to meet Maroš Šefčovič, the vice-president of the EU Commission for Interinstitutional Relations, later this week to work on reaching “a solution to the NI protocol that works for all sides”, as the foreign secretary put it earlier on Monday.

Her announcement comes hours after the education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, said he had tested positive for the virus.

“Yesterday I tested positive for Covid and will therefore be watching my brilliant colleagues at oral questions today instead,” he tweeted on Monday morning. “Thankfully, I’ve had my three jabs and will be working from home while I isolate.”

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