Lockdown-busting trip was 'major disaster' for UK government, says ex-adviser

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FILE PHOTO: Former special advisor to British Prime Minister Johnson, Cummings, speaks to members of the media, in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson's former adviser, Dominic Cummings, admitted on Wednesday his trip to northern England at the height of Britain's first coronavirus lockdown was a "major disaster" for the government's COVID-19 policy.

In May last year, Cummings defended his decision to drive 250 miles from London to access childcare after fearing he had contracted COVID-19, and a further excursion to a nearby beauty spot to test his eyesight as part of his recovery.

Apologising for what he said were his mistakes over his decision to travel when Britain was under a strict lockdown, he told a parliamentary committee: "That whole episode was definitely a major disaster for the government and the COVID policy."

Referring to his excursion to test his eyesight after contracting COVID-19 in a further breach of lockdown rules, he said: "I wish I'd never heard of Barnard Castle and I wish I'd never gone, and I wish the whole nightmare never happened."

(Reporting by Kate Holton, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Michael Holden and Paul Sandle)

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