The UK’s Indian-origin Chancellor Rishi Sunak has admitted to attending Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lockdown birthday party in 2020 but declined to say what happened when he entered the room and claimed that He was there for a meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation. His remarks came after five of Johnson’s aides, including longtime policy chief Munira Mirza, chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, principal private secretary Martin Reynolds and communications director Jack Doyle, spoke on Thursday within hours of each other. resigned from the posts.
A poor investigation revealed that several parties took place on Downing Street, while the rest of the United Kingdom was living under strict COVID-19 lockdown rules. Sunak admitted to attending Johnson’s lockdown birthday party in 2020, but declined to say what happened when he entered the room, Mirror newspaper reported. The chancellor said he was in the cabinet room for Johnson’s lockdown birthday party, but insisted he was there for a meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation.
Sunak, 41, insisted he has “full support” for Prime Minister Johnson, who is facing growing calls for his resignation. Rejecting calls to replace Johnson, the chancellor said the prime minister had always told the truth about parties. “Yes, of course he does. He is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,” he said. Asked whether parties violating the Covid-19 lockdown rules have damaged public confidence in the government, Sunak said , “Yes, I think it has happened. I can appreciate the dismay of the people. And I think it is now the job of all of us in the government, of all politicians, to restore people’s confidence.”
Protests spread across Canada
Protesters protesting vaccine mandates and COVID-19 restrictions held rallies in cities across Canada on Saturday to show solidarity with a week-long demonstration in the capital, Ottawa. Officials in Ottawa and several provincial capitals worked to ensure that the protests remained peaceful on Saturday. Protesters also gathered in Quebec City, Fredericton and Winnipeg, with rallies planned for Regina, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, and across the US border in Coutts, Alta.
Negative covid test not necessary to enter Portugal
The Portuguese Council of Ministers has decided that from Monday a negative COVID-19 test is not required to enter Portugal. Since then, it is only necessary to submit a digital vaccination certificate or other “duly recognized” proof from the European Union, Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying.
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