Politicians, members of the royal family, athletes and stars of reality TV shows have violated Covid’s rules for the past 12 years

Politicians, members of the royal family, athletes and stars of reality TV shows have violated Covid's rules for the past 12 years

Johnson apologized on Wednesday for attending a reception at 10 Downing Street in May 2020. Stanley, his father, was also caught flying to his villa in Greece without a face mask when only non-essential travel was authorized, claiming he was going to make it “Covid-safe.” A succession of politicians and celebrities have found themselves in hot water for breaking Covid protocol, from reality TV star Kim Kardashian to the Dutch royals, and now tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

His father Stanley has also been caught not wearing a face mask and flying to his villa in Greece when only non-essential travel was permitted, claiming he went to make it “Covid-safe”. Tennis star Novak Djokovic on Wednesday admitted he did not immediately isolate after testing positive for Covid-19 last month — but denied knowing he had the virus when attending public events. In a statement published to social media, he also apologised for an apparently false travel declaration, saying it had been submitted on his behalf by a member of his support staff in “human error.” Djokovic added that he had made an “error of judgment” in doing a media interview and photo shoot with a French sports newspaper after he had tested positive. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa broke social distancing rules to pose for a selfie with two women who approached him in the street in May 2020.

Here are some of the most famous offenders British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings caused uproar in Britain after breaching lockdown rules in May 2020 to travel the length of England to be with his parents. He later said he took another trip in a car to “check his eyesight” before eventually being forced to step down. It was to be the first of a long line of Covid-related scandals to rock Johnson and his government. Johnson has since been undermined by a long string of revelations about boozy parties and quizzes at Number 10 that were allegedly in breach of the rules, with the prime minister photographed at one in his garden. On Wednesday, Johnson apologised for attending the party at 10 Downing Street in May 2020. At the start of the weekly session of Prime Minister’s Questions, Johnson said he did attend the gathering for 25 minutes before going inside to work. He said he believed the gathering to be a work event, but with hindsight conceded he should have sent attendees back inside.

Laughing, he joked: “Come before we get arrested.” He wasn’t arrested but the video went viral sparking outrage. Paraguay’s deputy health minister Juan Carlos Portillo resigned after he was filmed at a party in June 2020 just after he had helped bring in new restrictions. British Health minister Matt Hancock resigned for breaking the Covid rules he had himself set after being caught on film in a steamy clinch with his mistress in his ministry in June 2020. The Dutch royal family had to apologise last month when they invited 21 people to celebrate the 18th birthday of future queen Princess Amalia when only four were allowed. It was one of a string of Covid faux pas committed by the House of Orange with King Willem-Alexander repeatedly breaking social distancing rules by shaking hands and the family going on holiday to Greece during a partial lockdown.

Reality television star Kim Kardashian sparked anger in October 2020 by throwing a party on a private island to celebrate her 40th birthday, with photos showing revellers without mask. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki apologised in May 2020 after posing for official photographs with staff in a restaurant when his own advice to others was to dine out only with close family. European trade commissioner Phil Hogan was forced to resign in August 2020 along with two senior Irish politicians after they attended a parliamentary golf gala dinner for 80 when only six people were allowed to meet indoors. The head of the country’s tourism board Catherine Martin was also forced to quit after going for a break in Italy when people were being told to holiday at home.

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