Prime Minister Boris Johnson supported his special adviser Dominic Cummings on Sunday, May 24, accused of failing to comply with the rules of containment imposed to fight the new coronavirus. At the same press conference, he explained how to reopen the schools.

Despite the surge of indignation and calls, including in the ranks of his conservative majority, to demand the departure of the controversial adviser, the head of government considered that the latter had acted "in a responsible, lawful and honesty".

Dominic Cummings, 48, mastermind of the 2016 referendum campaign that culminated in Brexit, has been in the midst of a political storm since two newspapers revealed on Friday evening that he had gone in late March with his wife and their son with his parents in Durham (400 km north-east of London), when he feared he had Covid-19.

"What they have done is perfectly understandable," said the prime minister, who came to personally assure the daily press conference on Downing Street about the pandemic.

Prime Minister Dominic Cummings made the trip because he needed help looking after his son while his wife was ill, and the family stayed in a building separate from the property

Schools reopening from June 1

In addition, Boris Johnson confirmed his plan for progressive deconfinement with the partial reopening of schools on June 1, after more than two months of confinement to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

The return will be done gradually and by age group for primary schools, first concerning pupils aged 4 to 6 years and 10 to 11 years, said the British Prime Minister.

With AFP

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