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The British Prime Minister's top adviser is being pressured by resignations for traveling from London to his parents' home in Durham during the isolation period and still with symptoms of infection.

British newspapers The Guardian and Daily Mirror reported on Friday that Boris Johnson's chief aide, Dominic Cummings, and his wife traveled from London to their parents' residence in Durham, more than 400 kilometers from the capital. , both still showing symptoms of infection with the new coronavirus.

A source close to the couple denied that they had broken the rules, saying they needed help to care for their son and that, while staying at the property, they remained in separate buildings.

When news of the isolation violation was discovered, the opposition Labor Party demanded that the Government provide an “immediate explanation” for Cummings' behavior because, according to regulations imposed by the British government, anyone with symptoms of covid -19 You must isolate yourself in your own home and not be absent from it for seven days.

“If it is true, the principal advisor appears to have violated the containment rules. The government's instructions were very clear: stay at home and not take trips that are not essential, ”said a spokesman for the Labor Party, quoted by EFE.

This opposition source also specified that the British "do not expect there to be a rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings", and recalled that, in addition, Boris Johnson indicated in March that assistance from grandparents to care for children or relatives more old people “should not be used” because they belong to the vulnerable group of people.

On March 30, it was announced that Cummings, considered the “architect” of the Brexit strategy, had started to develop symptoms related to the new coronavirus and that he was confined, alone, in his residence.

A Durham police spokesman confirmed, in a statement, that on 31 December, the officers were reportedly informed that "an individual had traveled from London to Durham and was at an address in that city".

In the same note, the police revealed that when they contacted the property at the time, they confirmed that the subject in question was there and self-isolated in a part of that house.

The new controversy was known the day after the British government on Friday announced the imposition of a 14-day quarantine on travelers arriving in the country on 8 June to try to prevent further outbreaks.

In the UK, quarantine violations are punishable by a £ 1,000 (€ 1120) fine.


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