"I can assure people who have lost their sense of taste that the good news is that, in my case, it wasn't permanent."
But England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer said the advice from experts was that such developments should not be considered standard symptoms to watch for.
The advice had been issued to the Government by the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, told the press briefing.
"On the point about loss of taste and smell, we have actually asked our expert advisory committee, Nervtag, to look at this," Prof Van-Tam, told reporters.
"And there is some anecdotal data in the published domain that there is a proportion of people who do indeed lose their sense of taste and smell.
"However, we have looked at the data there is, in relation to whether that on its own is a symptom that would be important to add to the case definition, and the answer to that from our experts is absolutely not."
Prof Van-Tam's comments come after scientists at King’s College, who have been tracking symptoms via their specially-created app, said smell and taste were experienced by the majority of those diagnosed with Covid-19.
By 31 March, the Covid Symptom Tracker App had more than 1.8 million users signed up to log their symptoms - or lack thereof - daily.
Some 59 per cent of the 1.5 million people who had signed up by 29 March and tested positive reported a loss of smell and taste.
That compared with 18 per cent of those who tested negative, analysis of the data showed.
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