Boris Johnson faces MORE Covid rule-breaking allegations: PM ‘didn’t isolate despite prolonged contact with positive colleague last January’
The Downing Street aide, who was not wearing a mask, later informed officials and staff members who were present in the room and they were all asked to self-isolate for ten days – under the official guidance at the time.
However sources have claimed the Prime Minister was not asked to self-isolate.
Boris Johnson is facing questions after allegations emerged that he failed to self-isolate last year after coming into contact with a positive Covid-19 case
During the recording last year, the videographer is alleged to have stood ‘face-to-face’ with the PM for around 15 의사록, sources told The Mirror.
It has also been claimed that the pair were less than two metres away from each other.
The contact came just days before the UK entered a third national lockdown as the NHS tried to cope with a rising number of coronavirus cases.
A Downing Street spokesperson told The Mirror: ‘The prime minister was socially distanced from the individual who subsequently tested positive and the duration of the filming was shorter than 15 의사록.
‘This has been reaffirmed by those present. He was not advised to isolate as the rules did not require him to do so.’
The latest claims come as the UK’s 코로나 19 infections increased by 44.6 per cent in a week as 보리스 존슨 yesterday suggested NHS staff could be moved to plug shortages amid fears about the Omicron wave triggering a 폐쇄 by default.
Department of Health bosses reported a further 157,758 cases today, a rise from the 109,077 cases which were reported in the country last Monday.
The number of people dying with the virus saw a 70.6 per cent decrease, 와 42 deaths reported in the UK today compared to 143 12 월 27.
This is the thirteenth day in a row that cases have been above the 100,000 mark as the country moves out of the festive season and comes just days after the week-on-week increase was as high as 72.5 per cent on December 29.
Meanwhile the number of people being admitted to hospital in London has fallen, 와 314 patients admitted to hospital on January 1, ㅏ 28 per cent decrease from the 437 admitted last Monday.
It comes as the PM revealed that the government is looking at redeploying personnel after the public sector was warned to brace for a worst-case scenario of a quarter of staff – around 1.4million people – being off work.
One in ten NHS employees were not in on New Year’s Eve, according to official figures – although just 50,000 의 110,000 total was related to coronavirus.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has declared a ‘critical incident’ linked to ‘extreme and unprecedented’ staff shortages.
Nearly a third of rail services have been axed at some stations in recent days, after as many as one in ten staff called in sick with illnesses including Covid – while major engineering works on key commuter routes are scheduled to continue until midway through next week.
Councils across the UK are having to redistribute staff between essential services to keep everything running.
Schools are also being urged to make contingency plans to deal with staff absences when they return from the Christmas holidays this week.
On a visit to a vaccination centre in Stoke Mandeville yesterday, Mr Johnson urged people to ‘stick to Plan B’ and Omicron is ‘plainly milder’.
He cautioned that it would be ‘folly’ to assume the pandemic is over the health service will be under ‘considerable pressure’ for weeks to come, saying the government is ‘looking at what we can do to move people into those areas that are particularly badly affected’.
But he batted away calls for the self-isolation period to be cut to five days – saying that could make staff shortages worse by fuelling spread.
‘I think the way forward for the country as a whole is to continue with the path that we’re on. We’ll will keep everything under review,’ PM이 말했다.
‘The mixture of things that we’re doing at the moment is, 나는 생각한다, the right one.
'그래서, 첫번째, continue with Plan B, make sure that people take it seriously, do what we can to stop the spread, use the Plan B measures, work from home if you can, wear a mask on public transport… take a test before going out to meet people you don’t normally meet, think about the the requirements under Plan B, but also get the boost.’