UK’s Liz Truss tests positive for coronavirus on eve of Ukraine visit
The foreign secretary will now work from home until she leaves isolation.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss tested positive for coronavirus Monday evening just hours before a planned trip to Ukraine.
“Thankfully I’ve had my three jabs and will be working from home while I isolate,” Truss said on Twitter.
Truss had been due to travel to the eastern European country Tuesday for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, amid mounting tensions over Russia’s military build-up at the border. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still due to make the trip.
Truss is the second U.K. cabinet minister to contract coronavirus in a matter of days after the Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi confirmed he had tested positive Sunday.
Earlier Monday the foreign secretary addressed the House of Commons, announcing a toughened sanctions scheme aimed at hitting Russian individuals and businesses if Moscow goes ahead with an invasion of Ukraine. She also sat three seats along from Johnson without a mask while he answered questions about the civil servant Sue Gray’s report on the “partygate” scandal.
According to Sky News, Truss also attended a meeting of the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs on Monday evening, along with Johnson and several other cabinet ministers.