Boris Johnson's top aide under fire for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules

Prime Minister Boris Johnson went into hospital with his coronavirus symptoms the day police officers are reported to have spoken to Dominic Cummings’ family about his travels to Durham

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"We don't know what the impact of this will be in undernourished children with chronic malnutrition, we don't know what the impact of this will be in in overcrowded refugee camps".

An unnamed neighbour told the two papers that Mr Cummings was seen in the garden five days after the police visit as Abba's Dancing Queen was playing loudly.

Durham police confirmed officers had spoken to the owners of an address in the city after reports a person had travelled there from London.

The main opposition Labour party demanded an explanation, saying the reports suggested Cummings viewed himself as above the law, while the smaller Liberal Democrats said it could be a resigning issue.

Downing Street confirmed on the 30 March that Mr Cummings was showing symptoms of coronavirus, three days after the Prime Minister and Health Secretary Matt Hancock had both tested positive.

"His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed".

Cummings, who masterminded the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union during the Brexit referendum, travelled the 250 miles to Durham in northern England in late March, when a strict lockdown was already in place, the Guardian and Mirror newspapers reported.

"His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines".

"To beat this crisis we need to be selfless as millions have been".

Dominic Cummings is understood to have left his north London home to travel to Durham contravening lockdown rules
Dominic Cummings is understood to have left his north London home to travel to Durham contravening lockdown rules

"The Government's guidance was very clear: stay at home and no non-essential travel".

A Labour spokesman said the government should use the daily Downing Street Covid-19 press conference on Saturday to provide answers over the reports.

Mr Cummings has attended meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) - the scientific body which gives independent advice that shapes the government's coronavirus response.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the MP said: "I think what should have happened by now is that Dominic Cummings should have gone".

The Scottish National Party's Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, also called for Cummings' resignation.

One of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top advisers, Dominic Cummings, drew police attention after allegedly breaking the coronavirus lockdown, reports said Friday.

It comes after other high-profile figures involved in tackling the pandemic have resigned for breaching lockdown restrictions, including Scotland's former Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood and leading scientist Prof Neil Ferguson.

The reports could put Mr Cummings in a hard position, after several senior people involved in the country's response to the coronavirus outbreak were forced to resign when it emerged that they had broken the lockdown rules.

On top of pressure over Mr Cummings, ministers were facing backlash from the aviation and travel sector following the publication of more details of plans to subject worldwide travellers to spot checks and £1,000 fines if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK.

"Officers made contact with the owners of that address who confirmed that the individual in question was present and was self-isolating in part of the house", the police said in a statement.

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