UK coronavirus live: Tory revolt continues to build over Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip

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UK coronavirus live: Tory revolt continues to build over Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip




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Tory MPs still calling for Cummings to go amid fears furore around PM’s aide will distract from government’s public health message

The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland show the fourth weekly reduction in a row of deaths involving Covid-19.

With lockdown restrictions easing across the country on Thursday, the new data reveals a decrease of a third in death registrations relating to the virus, from 335 the previous week to 230 between 18 and 24 May.

The Dominic Cummings saga shows no sign of letting up and government ministers have repeatedly defended his actions as coming down to his family’s “exceptional circumstances”, ie needing childcare if both he and his wife became ill with the virus.

However, several readers have been in touch over the last few days to highlight the precise point made in this piece – that the “exceptional circumstances” clause was added to the lockdown guidelines to safeguard women and children in domestic abuse households. It stated that lockdown rules could be broken in these exceptional circumstances, to protect vulnerable people from abuse and neglect.

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