British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has resigned. On Friday, he admitted that he had broken the rules against the spread of coronavirus by kissing and hugging his counselor. His resignation was confirmed on Saturday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office.
This week, the tabloid The Sun published a security camera image from Hancock’s office, where the minister kisses and presses his adviser, Gina Coladangela, against him. The shot comes from May, from the period before the release of the rules, which showed to have a safe distance between people who do not live together in the same household.
“We have to be honest with the people who lost so much during this pandemic in situations where we let them down,” Hancock wrote in his resignation letter. Prime Minister Johnson replied that he was sorry that he was leaving and that he should be “extremely proud” of the work he had done at the ministry.
Reuters recalls that Hancock played a major role in the British government’s fight against the pandemic, often appearing on television and radio, and urging people to follow all the rules in an effort to stop the spread.
Hancock has known Coladangelo since his university studies and appointed her as his advisor last fall. It was a function paid for with public money. After it became clear that they had a love affair, he found himself under pressure from the opposition to resign. Labor and the Liberal Democrats accused him of conflicting interests and violating anti-coronary rules. Hancock apologized on Friday for not complying with the measure, saying he would continue to do everything he could to help bring Britain out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Labor chief Keir Starmer wrote on twitter that it was good that Hancock was leaving. “But Boris Johnson should have fired him,” he added.
In Britain, which has a population of 66.7 million, 128,330 people have died of coronavirus, the highest in Europe in absolute terms. Hancock, who has been health minister for nearly three years, received criticism for dealing with the pandemic in its early stages. However, the position of the Johnson government was strengthened by the rapid progress of vaccination against COVID-19. The first dose of the vaccine has already been given to 84 percent of adults, followed by 61 percent of the adult population.
Hancock is not the only health minister to lose his seat due to non-compliance with rules he set himself. Roman Prymula resigned from this position in the Czech Republic last October, when the daily Blesk published photographs of him leaving the restaurant at night. At the time, these operations had to be closed to the coronavirus.
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