Boris Johnson seen maskless in hospital despite MP cases rising
At least he remembered to tuck his tie in
The Prime Minister visited Hexham General Hospital in Northumberland on Monday November 8 - somewhat ironically to promote booster jabs - and whilst colleagues at the facility were all wearing face coverings, Johnson opted to give it miss.
Boris Johnson seen maskless in a hospital as cases among MPs rise https://t.co/fT6s2lgfyw
— The Guardian (@guardian) November 8, 2021
There are significant increases in covid statistics almost across the board, with an 8.2 per cent increase in deaths, 3 per cent in hospitalisations and still more than 30,00 cases reported daily.
What makes this even more surprisingly - or perhaps not at all given the backlash - is that NHS Northumbria Trust, which the hospital belongs to, came out to defend the PM.
Maskless Boris Johnson backed by NHS hospital after online backlash https://t.co/Ii46NobM7s
— Nadine Batchelor-Hunt is on annual leave (@nadinebh_) November 8, 2021
They "assured that infection prevention and control remains an utmost priority for our Trust", before insisting, "the Prime Minister Boris Johnson followed strict measures, including wearing a mask, in each clinical area he visited."
While the are images of Johnson wearing face coverings in subsequent pictures, the breach of the hospital's clearly stated guidelines (the same as any other in the UK) was already made - a quick nudge from an adviser to put a mask misses the point.
The Justice Secretary Dominic Raab went on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday to similarly defend his decision not to wear a mask, insisting that the PM "followed all the guidance that was given to him from the moment he was at the hospital".
On #BBCBreakfast Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab defends PM Boris Johnson’s choice not to wear a mask during part of his visit to Hexham General Hospital. https://t.co/shgBFJHOmk pic.twitter.com/Pka9SxXSgn
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) November 9, 2021
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