Boris Johnson reportedly spotted cycling seven miles from Downing Street

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2021

The Evening Standard reported the prime minister had been spotted in the Olympic Park in East London on Sunday.

A Downing Street spokesman declined to comment on the matter when asked about it at a Westminster briefing.

Health secretary Matt Hancock will host a press conference at 5pm to address the nation on the current coronavirus restrictions and health data.

Boris Johnson slammed for bike ride seven miles from home despite COVID-19 restrictions

He was echoed by some netizens who reacted to the news by posting tweets, in which they berated the British prime minister for "hypocrisy".

The Hammersmith MP added: "London has some of the highest infection rates in the country".

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown, saying that everyone must stay at home "by law" except for permitted activities, including exercise limited to a "local area".

The Prime Minister wore a Transport for London (TfL) hat and a face mask during the cycle, reports said.

The sources stressed that Johnson had exercised "within the COVID rules and any suggestion to the contrary is wrong". We have been clear in the exemption for the stay-at-home rule: "we are permitting one person to meet another person for exercise". And you should be two metres apart from the other person.

"It originates from bats or pangolins, from the demented belief that if you grind up the scales of a pangolin you will somehow become more potent or whatever it is people believe, it originates from this collision between mankind and the natural world and we've got to stop it". "If there are too many people breaking this rule then we are going to have to look at it". "Every time you think 'should I do that, should I go out for this reason?'".

Asked about the PM's bike ride, Ms Dick told BBC Radio 4 that "stay local" is a "relative term" with no exact definition, adding that Mr Johnson's trip was "not against the law".

The country has been one of the hardest hit globally by the pandemic, with more than 83,000 people losing their lives after testing positive for the virus.

The Government was engulfed in controversy previous year when Mr Johnson's then chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, was accused of breaking lockdown rules - a claim Mr Cummings denied.

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