Lockdown questions continue to bomb the government that goes into the weekend of bankruptcy, when the prime minister faces pressure to repay his closest assistant following reports that he coronavirus-related travel restrictions broken.
Police have confirmed they attend the Dominic Cummings family property in County Durham after allegations emerged that chief counsel Boris Johnson traveled more than 260 miles from his London home during the lockdown that put his boss in over England.
Political leaders have stepped up the pressure on pilots to tackle the 48-year-old strategist.
Downing Street has so far refused to comment.
The news comes as authorities that manage beaches and beauty spots are bracing for a heavy draw of visitors who are not expected to put down social distance rules.
After reducing some exclusion measures last week, there are no restrictions on how far people can go to get to the countryside, national parks and beaches in England.
With the Met Office predicting temperatures could reach a height of 26C on Monday, many people can plan trips to the beach, with photos of crowds flocking to beaches in Brighton and Southend in recent days. set.
Ms Patel, speaking at & # 39; Downing Street briefing on Friday, said the guidance of & # 39; e government continued to be advised that all but essential travel abroad.
Mr. Cummings reports Durham developments added only to control at no. 10.
According to a joint study by the Daily Mirror and The Guardian, at the same time as the UK government was instructing people to stay home – with fines in place for those who violated the rules – Mr Cummings decided to move around the capital to escape.
He is suspected of being present at his family's home in the North East when Durham Constabulary police arrived on March 31, following a call from someone who did not report Mr Cummings in the & # 39; # 39; t area saw.
Durham police confirmed officers were talking to the owners of an address in the city after reports that a person had traveled there from London.
A Durham Constabulary spokeswoman said: & # 39; On Tuesday, March 31, our officers were made aware of reports that an individual had traveled from London to Durham and was present at an address in & # 39; e city.
“Officers contacted the owners of that address who did not confirm the individual was present and even isolated in a part of the house.
"In accordance with national policy guidelines, officers explained to the family the rules on self-isolation guidelines and repeated the appropriate advice on essential travel."
Downing Street had previously confirmed that Mr Cummings began displaying coronavirus symptoms "at the weekend" of March 28 and 29.
The same day as police spoke to members of & # 39; family of & # 39; e Mr. Cummings, his boss, Mr. Johnson, was hospitalized with coronavirus, where he & # 39; he later received treatment in & # 39; intensive care would be needed.
According to the two papers, he was spotted a second time on the Durham property on April 5.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP said the aide's position was "completely untenable".
"He must be fired or fired," he added.
But friends of Mr. Cummings suggested he would go nowhere.
Close friends told the PA news agency: & # 39; He is not remotely concerned by this story, it is more false news from the Guardian.
"There is zero chance that he will be fired."
In related news:
– Children could be half as likely to catch coronavirus as adults, according to a review of global research led by University College London.
– The Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) published papers that & # 39; do not review & # 39; e consequences of relaxed school closures on June 1, stating that the evidence of how likely children are to transmit Covid-19 remains "unintended."
– The so-called R number, the average number of people who will contract coronavirus from an infected person, was between 0.7 and 1.0 in the UK two to three weeks ago – slightly higher than the last rate declared by ministers.
– The number of deaths involving & # 39; Covid-19 in & # 39; UK was around 45,000, according to the latest available data.
At the top of pressure over Mr Cummings, ministers were facing backlash from the & # 39; e aviation and travel sector after the publication of more details on plans to subject international travelers to spot checks and £ 1000 fines if they do not self-insulate 14 days after their arrival. United Kingdom.
Exceptions for road users, seasonal workers for farmers and medical officials will apply, while the common travel area with Ireland will not be affected.
But arrivals from France will not be released, after confusion in the past days.
Virgin Atlantic warned that the plan would keep aircraft on the ground.