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Coronavirus: Dominic Cummings to make statement on lockdown allegations

Coronavirus: Dominic Cummings to make statement on lockdown allegations

The PM's chief adviser Dominic Cummings is to make a public statement and take questions over allegations he broke coronavirus lockdown rules.Mr Cummings is facing calls from Labour and some Tory MPs to quit or be fired.He travelled 260 miles with his family to be near relatives when his wife developed Covid-19 symptoms.Boris Johnson insists his aide acted legally and within guidelines - but critics say the government's lockdown message has been undermined.The prime minister made a statement on Sunday in an attempt to draw a line under the row - but Conservative MPs have continued to call for Mr Cummings' dismissal.
Mr Cummings has been under fire since the Guardian and Daily Mirror reported that he had been seen in County Durham, at his family's farm during lockdown.It later emerged that he had travelled there when his wife developed Covid-19 symptoms, with his four-year-old son, to self-isolate so that he could be near relatives who could take care of the child if necessary.Under lockdown rules, which are still in force, anyone developing symptoms has been instructed to stay in their home.Mr Cummings has been quizzed by reporters outside his London home since the row erupted, telling them he had done the "right thing" by making the journey, and did not care what it looked like.But he has not yet given a full explanation of his actions - something he will be expected to do when he makes a statement later on Monday.It comes as plans to further ease lockdown restrictions will be discussed at a cabinet meeting later.
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