Boris Johnson is under pressure to take over his chief aide after it was reported that he and his wife had violated the UK lock-up by traveling across England to stay with his parents, while showing symptoms of coronavirus.
Dominic Cummings drove more than 260 miles (420 km) from London to Durham, where he stayed with family members just days after Johnson left the UK and banned family visits, an investigation said. by The Guardian and Daily Mirror.
Police have confirmed they attended a property in the area and spoke with an individual about UK lockdown rules on March 31, PA Media reported. Downing Street declined to comment.
“If (media reports are accurate), the Prime Minister’s chief advisor appears to have violated the lockdown rules. The government’s guidance is clear: stay home and no travel is required,” a Labor Party spokesman said. .
“The British people do not expect that there is a policy for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings. Number 10 needs to provide a very quick explanation for his actions.”
Scottish National Party leaders and Liberal Democrats have called on Cummings, who played a senior role in the pro-Brexit campaign in 2016 and joined Boris Johnson on Downing Street last year, to resign or vote.
And David Lidington, Theresa May’s deputy while serving as prime minister, told the BBC: “Obviously there are serious questions to be addressed by Number 10, not because members of the public are willing to follow government guidance more. generally going to. be affected by this kind of story. “
UK coronavirus restrictions make it clear that people should not visit any other household, including a second residence or family homes, and should not undertake any unnecessary travel.
“You should not visit family members who do not live in your home,” the rules stated. “You must contact them using phone or video calls.”
The country’s own urine guidance also states that if a person has Covid-19 symptoms, they should not leave their home for seven days.
On April 25, Cummings’ wife Mary Wakefield wrote a column in The Spectator magazine about the couple’s experience with Covid-19, but did not mention the trip outside the capital.
“My husband rushes to take care of me,” she wrote in the piece. “After the uncertainty of the bug itself, we emerged from the quarantine to the almost ridiculous uncertainty of the London lockdown,” he added.
Cummings showed symptoms shortly after Johnson announced he had tested positive for coronavirus. The PM later spent a short time in intensive care of the virus. He repeatedly encouraged people to stay home.
Neil Ferguson, a leading epidemiologist who advised the UK government on its response to the coronavirus, was forced to resign earlier this month after it emerged he had also broken the lockdown rules.
Scottish medical chief Catherine Calderwood, also left her position last month after being photographed by a Scottish newspaper near her family’s second home, in another part of the country at her address Edinburgh.