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LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resisted calls from opposition parties on Saturday to fire Councilor Dominic Cummings after traveling 400 kilometers while his wife had COVID-19 symptoms so their son could be taken care of by his family.
Cummings, who organized the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union during the Brexit referendum, went to Durham, in the north of England, at the end of March, when a strict lock was already in place .
Johnson’s office said his advisor had made the trip to ensure that his young son could be properly cared for because his wife was sick with COVID-19 and there was “a high probability” that Cummings would become ill himself .
“His sister and nieces had volunteered to help him, so he went to a house near but separated from his extended family in case their help was needed,” said a spokesman for Downing Street.
“His actions were in accordance with the guidelines on coronaviruses,” said the spokesperson. “Sir. Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and lawfully. “
One of Johnson’s top ministers, Michael Gove, said of the situation, “Caring for your wife and child is not a crime. “
But opposition parties called on Johnson to sack Cummings.
“Dominic Cummings should have done the right thing, he should have resigned but now that he has not done so, Boris Johnson must show leadership and he must dismiss him immediately,” said the House Leader. Scottish National Party, Ian Blackford.
The Labor Party has said that there should not be one rule for politicians and one rule for the British people. The Liberal Democrats have said that if Cummings breaks the guidelines, he should resign.
British guidelines say people should stay home and refrain from visiting family members unless they need essential items such as food or medicine.
Others have resigned after breaking the lock rules.
Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson resigned as a member of the British government’s science advisory group after receiving his girlfriend’s home visit. Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood also resigned after being caught making two trips to her second home.

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