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UK’s Boris Johnson cancels trip after apology over lockdown party

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Boris Johnson lives in a Downing Street flat with his wife Carrie and their two young children. (file)

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday canceled a trip to northern England after a relative came down with Covid, officials said, a day after he apologized at a lockdown-breaking party.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The prime minister will not visit Lancashire today after a family member has tested positive for coronavirus.”

“He will follow guidance for close contacts who are vaccinated, including daily testing and limiting contact with others.”

In the UK, fully vaccinated people will no longer have to self-isolate after coming into contact with an infected person. But they are advised to “limit close contact with others outside your home”.

Johnson lives in a Downing Street flat with his wife, Carrie, and their two young children.

To his critics, Johnson’s conscientious adherence to the rules would now contrast his appearance at a party in Downing Street Gardens in May 2020, when Britain was under strict lockdown.

On Wednesday, he issued a “heartfelt apology” after defying the scandal for several days, acknowledging that millions had adhered to the lockdown even at the cost of paying last respects to relatives who had died.

But opposition parties and even some conservatives are calling for Johnson’s resignation.

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