UK health minister quits after breaking COVID rules with affair

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British Health Secretary Matt Hancock outside Downing Street in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's health minister Matt Hancock has resigned after he admitted breaking COVID-19 guidance by kissing and embracing an aide in his office, angering colleagues and the public during lockdown.

Downing Street on Saturday published Hancock's resignation letter to Boris Johnson and the prime minister's response, in which he said he was sorry to receive it.

"We have worked so hard as a country to fight the pandemic," Hancock said in the letter. "The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis."

(Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Mark Potter and Frances Kerry)

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