LONDON: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been accused of breaking UK COVID-19 restrictions after failing to self-isolate for 2 weeks following a two-day journey to the United States, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
The newspaper stated it had obtained footage exhibiting Blair, who served as prime minister from 1997 to 2007, leaving a London restaurant 10 days after his return from Washington final month.
The Sunday Telegraph stated it understood that Blair appealed to Whitehall officers for particular dispensation from the COVID-19 guidelines, however that he was not issued with the formal exemption letter he would have wanted to keep away from a 14-day isolation interval.
Blair was in Washington for a White House ceremony at which Israel signed agreements establishing formal relations with Bahrain and the UAE.
The newspaper quoted a spokesman for Blair as saying he was invited by the U.S. authorities due to the function he performed within the deal, describing the ceremony as a “diplomatic conference”.
The spokesman additionally insisted Blair “posed no risk to anyone” as he was examined earlier than his departure, on arrival on the White House, and once more a number of instances since returning to the UK.
Several main figures have been accused of damaging public confidence within the UK authorities’s coronavirus response by breaking or showing to interrupt guidelines.
In May, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, refused to stop after it emerged he had pushed 250 miles (400 km) from London to northern England when all however important journey was forbidden.
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