Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Chancellor Rishi Sunak will now isolate after being “pinged” by NHS Test and Trace.
In a dramatic U-turn – in the full face of public outrage – both men changed their minds within hours.
Mr Johnson will isolate at Chequers.
Cabinet meetings and briefings will be done remotely.
The men were forced into isolation after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive for Covid-19.
Only the day before he had meetings with the PM in Downing Street.
Last year Mr Johnson was in hospital fighting for his life after contracting the coronavirus.