Lockdown rules apply to all, says senior Government medical adviser Van Tam

Prof Van-Tam

A chief medical adviser to the Government has given the clearest answer so far on a lockdown trip taken by Dominic Cummings.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, said the rules were clear.

While many have obfuscated about commenting on Mr Cummings’ allegedly “lawful” trip to self-isolate at his parents’ estate, Prof. Van-Tam did not hesitate.

During the daily news briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic, Prof. Van-Tam was asked if people in charge should give a lead and obey the rules.

He said: “Thank you for the question and I’m quite happy to answer it.

“In my opinion the rules are clear, and they have always been clear.

“In my opinion, they are for the benefit of all and in my opinion, they apply to all.”

The remarks instantly made Prof. Van-Tam a social media trending hit.

On Thursday Prime Minister Boris Johnson told journalists his medical advisers would not be answering questions about Mr Cummings’ 260-mile journey to the North East.




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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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