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Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has been alerted by NHS Test and Trace to say he had come into contact with someone with coronavirus.

The senior Conservative had recently returned from Portugal after supporting Chelsea in the Champions League final.

Instead of self isolating for 10 days, Mr Gove will take daily Covid tests as part of a pilot scheme designed to measure testing effectiveness.

The exercise is aimed at finding safe alternatives to self-isolation.

The Cabinet Office earlier confirmed reports that Mr Gove had been alerted by the NHS Covid app.

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A spokesman for Mr Gove, who had travelled to Porto with his teenage son, said: "He has followed Covid-19 regulations and guidance at all times and will continue to do so."


Under the pilot scheme, people contacted by Test and Trace are required to take lateral flow tests each morning for seven days.

As long as they test negative they will be able to leave their home "to carry out essential activity".

Downing Street is one of the workplaces taking part in the scheme which launched on 9 May 2021.

After being notified by Test and Trace on Thursday - four days after he returned from Portugal - Mr Gove left a meeting he was attending with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak in Downing Street.

The three men had been discussing ways of recovering from the pandemic with the first ministers of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland with the prime minister via video link.

Michael Gove
image captionMr Gove on a return flight to the UK following Chelsea's victory in the Champions League final
Mr Gove's spokesperson said: "The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is participating in the daily contact testing programme after being advised to isolate today (Thursday) by NHS Test and Trace."

The Champions League football final between Chelsea and Manchester City took place in Porto on 29 May, with 6,000 fans from each club able to attend.

The PA news agency says football fans returning from the match have been told to self-isolate after multiple flights reported passengers testing positive for coronavirus.

At the time of the game Portugal had been on England's green list, meaning fans could attend without having to quarantine on their return.

However, the UK government has announced it would be relegating Portugal to the amber list on Tuesday, following a doubling of infection rates since the previous travel review.

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