UK coronavirus live: scientist warns Johnson backing Cummings has 'fatally undermined' Covid-19 response

My Mum passed away a few weeks ago after an incredibly brave last stand against brain cancer. She was and always will be an inspiration to us all for the way she faced death head on, with humour and tonnes and tonnes of love.

When the lockdown started we knew we would not be able to see Mum unless she was in her final hours. We knew we would lose most of those precious last days. Incredibly painful as that was my family would never put the hospice staff or patients at unnecessary risk. We all spent many hours feeling so sad and desperate about that but we took it on the chin. So did many of my friends, parents who had Covid-19 but continued not only looking after their children but in many cases working as well.

To hear the drivel coming out of the cabinet and No 10 is embarrassing. Our family is grieving after having to say goodbye in the most unsatisfactory of circumstances. It is beyond an insult to families like mine that supposedly serious politicians should seek to justify this for even a second. It is incredibly obvious what Cummings should be doing if he has an ounce of decency.


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