Dominic Cummings has the & # 39; full support & # 39; of the prime minister after details revealed he traveled 250 miles to County Durham during the lockdown.
Boris Johnson had come under pressure to sack his top assistant after it was revealed that he was driving his wife and children from their London home to a family home in the North East after his custom developed coronavirus-related symptoms.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, speaking at the Daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefing, said: "I can tell you that Prime Minister Mr Cummings offers his full support."
Number 10 had the former Vote Leave campaign mastermind offered its support when he issued a statement on Saturday stating that Mr Cummings' actions were "in line with coronavirus guidelines".
But Mr Shapps' latest comments are an indication that the prime minister is hanging by the controversial figure, which he gave credit for helping secure his December election victory.
The SNP had called on the leadership of the Conservative Party to sack Mr Cummings, with the party, along with Labor and the Liberal Democrats, after he wrote to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill and demanded an inquiry into what happened.
According to a joint investigation by the & # 39; Guardian and Daily Mirror, Mr Cummings was twice in & # 39; e North East detected in & # 39; for almost a week, between March 31 and April 5.
Number 10, in its statement on Saturday, confirmed that the 48-year-old had not yet begun displaying Covid-19 symptoms when he was driving to Durham, but did so in a "high chance" he would require contracting and child care for his four-year-old son.
Deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said traveling during the lockdown could be justified if there was an "extreme life risk".
When asked whether Mr Cummings's actions undermined the message "stay at home" that was first promoted by the UK government, Dr Harries declined to comment on the specific incident.