Dominic Cummings is back in Downing Street and ignoring social distancing rules

PUBLISHED: 13:56 14 April 2020 | UPDATED: 17:12 16 April 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's key adviser Dominic Cummings and his assistant Cleo Watson arrive in Downing Street. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's key adviser Dominic Cummings and his assistant Cleo Watson arrive in Downing Street. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings is back in Downing Street after recovering from coronavirus.

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Downing Street officials were questioned by journalists wondering why Cummings appeared to be back and ignoring the government’s own advice over COVID-19.

It follows a photographer capturing Cummings not maintaining a two-metre distance from fellow aide Cleo Watson.

In the shot he is seen arriving at work clutching a packed lunch including a Babybel cheese and a carrot.

The prime minister’s official spokesperson simply said: “He is back in Number 10 and working today.”


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The spokesman added “everybody in Number 10 continues to practice social distancing, which means staying two metres apart wherever possible”.

Cummings was last seen almost two weeks doing a “runner” from Downing Street after Johnson tested positive for the illness. A day later it was reported he was showing COVID-19 symptoms.

Over the weekend a Tory MP blamed the “macho” attitude at the heart of government for key officials becoming ill with coronavirus.

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