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Javid apologises for Covid tweet

Meanwhile, the opposition Labour Party accused him of denigrating those who followed the rules…reports Asian Lite News.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Sunday apologised for saying people should no longer “cower” from coronavirus.

Javid made the comments in a tweet announcing he had made a “full recovery” from Covid, a week after testing positive, the BBC reported.

“It was a poor choice of word and I sincerely apologise. I was expressing gratitude that the vaccines help us fight back as a society,” Javid was quoted as saying.

In a new tweet, the health secretary also said he had deleted his earlier post, adding: “Like many, I have lost loved ones to this awful virus and would never minimise its impact.”

Meanwhile, the opposition Labour Party accused him of denigrating those who followed the rules.

The tweet on Saturday said: “Full recovery from Covid a week after testing positive. Symptoms were very mild, thanks to amazing vaccines. Please – if you haven’t yet – get your jab, as we learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus.”

According to BBC, cower is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as meaning to bend down or move backward with your head down because you are frightened.

Meanwhile, nearly 70% of UK adults are now fully vaccinated, and 88% have had their first jab, according to the latest figures.

Javid replaced Matt Hancock as health secretary last month after his predecessor stood down. He tested positive for Covid on 17 July and spent the last week in self-isolation. The prime minister and chancellor also began self-isolating after they had come into contact with him, it was reported.

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