UK health secretary Matt Hancock apologised for violating Covid-19 related national restrictions

UK health secretary Matt Hancock apologised  for violating Covid-19 related national restrictions

United Kingdom health secretary Matt Hancock apologised on Friday for violating coronavirus disease (Covid-19)-related national restrictions after a British newspaper recently exposed photos of him 'kissing' his top aide. albeit the case raised an enormous public outcry within the country, demanding the health secretary's resignation, UK prime minister Boris Johnson later accepted Hancock's apology and said that the matter was now "closed".

British newspaper 'The Sun', known for its often explosive reveals, published photographs on its front page on Friday that showed Hancock kissing the lady - a lover hired for a taxpayer-funded role - in his office. The newspaper added that the photos, screengrabs from CCTV footage, were taken on May 6, that is, 11 days before the Covid-19 lockdown rules were relaxed.

"I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances," Hancock said during a statement. He added, "I have let people down and am very sorry. I remain focused on working to urge the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter."

Although British prime minister Boris Johnson stands in "full confidence" of Hancock, the opposing Labour Party said the health secretary should be faraway from office for violating social distancing rules and demanded an investigation into whether he breached the ministerial code.

The development comes as successful to the 42-year-old Hancock's prestige, especially since British health secretary has been at the forefront of the Boris Johnson-led UK government's fight against the coronavirus pandemic. He was there within the promotional materials right along , often appearing on television to inform the general public to follow strict rules and to defend his department against criticism of its response to the crisis.

"Matt Hancock appears to possess been caught breaking the laws he created while having a secret relationship with an aide he appointed to a taxpayer-funded job," said Anneliese Dodds, Chair of the Labour Party .

Notably, Hancock was found in February to possess acted unlawfully by not revealing details of contracts signed during the crisis. The health ministry said it had needed to maneuver within very short timescales and against unparalleled global demand.

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