Boris Johnson’s main political adviser, Dominic Cummings, spoke Monday from the garden on Downing Street, defending his controversial departure from London earlier in the coronavirus crisis. He said he had not cleared the temporary relocation of his family from London to a cabin on his parents’ property in Durham with the prime minister, who himself was later treated in hospital with a severe case of the disease transmitted through the COVID-19 coronavirus. He said he did not regret the move and had not offered to resign or consider the offer. Cummings cites his wife’s illness and the obligation to care for children as a motivating factor. When his wife’s condition improved in Durham, he said, he fell ill, as did his 4-year-old son, who was finally taken by ambulance to the local hospital, where he spent the night but tested negative for COVID-19. Cummings said he and his wife had never been tested. He said the death of an uncle due to a disease transmitted by a cororonavirus did not affect his decisions or actions, nor did he and his family make contact with family members who are now deceased. Asked by a reporter whether his actions suggested there were two sets of rules, one for the strong and one for the other, he said he felt the restrictions allow the exclusion of those caring for young children. He said that, contrary to speculation, he was a supporter and not an opponent of Britain’s locking policy.
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