Boris Johnson And Tory MPs Flout Distancing At A Downing Street Event

Government officials are now becoming too reluctant to observe the rules which are meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

'Serious doubts' over Covid safety in government, union warns
Tory MPs with Boris Johnson in Downing Street: (clockwise from top left) Andy Carter, Lee Anderson, Lia Nici and Brendan Clarke-Smith. Composite/Picture credit: The Guardian

Government officials are now becoming too reluctant to observe the rules which are meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The biggest civil servants` union has cast “serious doubts” on coronavirus safety in the government after the prime minister and six Conservative MPs went into self-isolation. Boris Johnson and his MPs posed for photos at a Downing Street event standing close to each other flouting social distancing.

Following the event, 10 Tory MPs are now in quarantine prompting questions about Covid security inside Downing Street.

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Previously, the business minister Alok Sharma was questioned about distancing in his office after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.  A Public and Commercial Services Union spokesman said the Downing Street incident prompted new concerns.

“From the controversy around Alok Sharma to parliament not having proper QR codes in place, our members have serious doubts as to the competency levels of ministers when it comes to following Covid safety measures,” he said.

In April, Johnson was in a grave condition after contracting the coronavirus. Sixteen other people linked to Downing Street either tested positive for Covid-19 experienced symptoms or were told to isolate since the pandemic started.

Most officials in Downing street do not wear face masks because there are one-way systems in place instead to avoid close contact in confined areas.  Johnson`s spokesperson confirmed that the prime minister had had at least one antibody test for Covid, but did not state when this was.

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In a video posted to Twitter, Johnson said: “Hi folks, the good news is that NHS test and trace is working ever more efficiently, but the bad news is that they’ve pinged me and I’ve got to self-isolate because someone I was in contact with a few days ago has developed Covid.

“It doesn’t matter that we were all doing social distancing, it doesn’t matter that I’m fit as a butcher’s dog, feel great – so many people do in my circumstances. And actually, it doesn’t matter that I’ve had the disease and I’m bursting with antibodies.”

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