Photo shows UK PM socialising during lockdown

A photograph of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and more than a dozen people drinking wine in the garden of his Downing Street residence during a lockdown last year has fuelled further concerns that officials may have failed to respect social distancing measures.

The picture, published by the Guardian newspaper on Sunday, shows Johnson with his wife Carrie, who appears to be holding their newborn son, and two other people at a table on a terrace in the Downing Street garden with cheese and wine.

Nearby is another table of four other people, and a short distance away are a larger group standing on the grass around a table with bottles of wine.

The scenes depicted in the photograph add to the scrutiny on Johnson following revelations that his staff held a series of gatherings during COVID-19 lockdowns while the population was being told not to mix with others.

He has faced a barrage of criticism since a video emerged showing his staff laughing and joking about a Downing Street party during a 2020 Christmas lockdown when such festivities were banned.



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