UK says PM's adviser Cummings did not break lockdown guidelines

LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – The British government said on Saturday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings did not break coronavirus lockdown guidelines when he took a journey of 400 km while he had COVID-19 symptoms.

“Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for,” a Downing Street spokesman said.

“At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported. His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines. Mr Cummings believes he behaved reasonably and legally.” (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and William James; editing by John Stonestreet)

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