Dominic Cumming, the closest adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, bypassed the confinement rules imposed to stop the expansion of the coronavirus and unleashed a request for resignation by the opposition, after seeing his photos violating the quarantine on the cover of the main British newspapers.
The Guardian and Daily Mirror were the first to release the photos of Cummings last night, arriving at his parents’ residence in Durham, where he remained with his wife.
Those photos were taken on March 31, when it had already emerged that Cumming was with symptoms of coronavirus.
Upon uncovering the news, the opposition Labor Party demanded that the Executive provide a “prompt explanation” for Cummings’ behavior, given that anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 must self-isolate in their own home, according to the rules imposed by the British government.
“If true, the top adviser appears to have broken the confinement rules. The government’s instruction was very clear: stay home and don’t make trips that are not essential,” a Labor spokesman complained, quoted by the news agency. EFE.
The same source added that the British “do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings.”
In addition, Johnson said last March that the assistance of grandparents in childcare or older family members “who may be particularly vulnerable or be classified in one of the vulnerable groups of people should not be used.”
The government, for its part, came out to defend Cummings, assuring that the prime minister’s adviser “behaved reasonably and within the law” when moving to his parents’ house during confinement after the criticism received.
An official spokesman for Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence, said that “because his wife was already infected with the suspected coronavirus and the high probability that he himself was unwell, it was essential to ensure that her young son could receive care appropriately”.
“His actions have been in line with the coronavirus guidelines. Dominic Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and within the law,” he said.
For his part, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove today supported Johnson’s controversial adviser on Twitter with a message that “taking care of your wife and son is not a crime.”
On March 30, a day before the photos released last night, news broke that Cummings, considered the architect of the current government’s Brexit strategy, had started developing coronavirus-related symptoms and confined himself alone to your residence.
In parallel, a Durham police spokesman, 400 kilometers from London, confirmed that on March 31 they recorded the arrival from London of an individual who stayed in a house in that city.
In a note, the police revealed that upon contacting the property, they were confirmed that the subject in question was there and was self-isolated in part of that house.
This new controversy erupted a day after the government announced that it will impose a 14-day quarantine on travelers arriving in the country from June 8, to try to prevent further outbreaks.
Skipping quarantine will be punishable by £ 1,000 in England ($ 1,200) – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will set their own penalties – and the police will carry out random house checks to verify compliance.
The UK has confirmed 254,195 positive coronavirus cases of which 36,393 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.