Boris Johnson FINALLY apologises over hospital face mask row

Boris Johnson FINALLY apologises over hospital face mask row

Boris Johnson FINALLY apologises for failing to wear a face mask while visiting a hospital but insists he broke the rules for ‘barely 30 seconds’

  • Boris Johnson was criticised after he was pictured without a mask at a hospital
  • The Prime Minister declined to apologise on Monday but he has now said sorry
  • The PM said he was not wearing a mask for ‘barely 30 seconds’ during the visit 

Boris Johnson today finally apologised for failing to wear a mask during a visit to a hospital last week – but insisted he broke the rules for ‘barely 30 seconds’. 

The Prime Minister was criticised after he was photographed without a face covering during a trip to Hexham General Hospital. 

He insisted on Monday this week that he wears a mask wherever he is required to under coronavirus guidance as he declined to apologise. 

But the premier did say sorry this afternoon as he was grilled by Parliament’s powerful Liaison Committee. 

Boris Johnson today finally apologised for failing to wear a mask during a visit to a hospital last week – but insisted he broke the rules for ‘barely 30 seconds’

The Prime Minister was criticised after he was photographed without a face covering during a trip to Hexham General Hospital

It emerged that Mr Johnson had to be reminded by NHS staff last week to put on a mask after he posed with nurses without a face covering.

Mr Johnson was questioned on the issue by senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper and he said: ‘As for not wearing a mask in Hexham hospital, which you wrap up into my general litany of crime, can I just say that actually it was barely 30 seconds when I wasn’t wearing a mask.

‘I walked out of a room, mistakenly not wearing it. I then put it on as soon as I realised I had made that mistake.

‘I apologise for it. But most pictures of my visit to the hospital will show that I was duly masked throughout the remainder of the visit and I was masked on the way into the visit and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to clear that up.’ 

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Monday, a croaky Mr Johnson, who is suffering from a cold, said adhering to mask rules was ‘the responsible thing to do’.

‘I wear a mask wherever the rules say I should and I urge everyone else to do the same,’ he said.

‘People have actually seen me wearing face coverings quite a bit more regularly as we have seen the numbers (of infections) ticking up in the UK.

‘I think that is the responsible thing to do and I am going to continue to do it.’

After Mr Johnson went to Northumberland last week Chronicle Live reported that staff had to remind him to replace his mask.

Mr Johnson had to be reminded by NHS staff last week to put on a mask after he posed with nurses without a face covering

He is believed to have taken it off to do television interviews before the pictures were taken.

Hospital management insisted that he had ‘followed strict measures, including wearing a mask, in each clinical area he visited.’

But rules for visitors posted on the hospital’s website tells them to ‘wear a face covering when you enter the hospital until you leave’.  

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