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Sajid Javid under fire for suggesting people have ‘cowered’ from Covid
Sajid Javid has been criticised for saying people must no longer cower from coronavirus.
Labour accused him of having managed to denigrate people who followed the rules to protect others, while the Lib Dems told him to apologise to those who have shielded because they are particularly vulnerable to the disease.
The Health Secretary, who had received both jabs before testing positive, said on Saturday he had made a full recovery and that his symptoms were very mild, thanks to amazing vaccines.
He wrote on Twitter: Please, if you havent yet, get your jab, as we learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus.
Shadow justice secretary David Lammy questioned his use of the word cower, in words echoed by Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner.
Mr Lammy wrote: 129,000 Brits have died from Covid under your Governments watch.
Dont denigrate people for trying to keep themselves and their families safe.
Lib Dem health spokeswoman Munira Wilson said Mr Javids tweet was outrageous while thousands remain in hospital with Covid-19.
She said in a statement: His careless words have insulted every man, woman and child who has followed the rules and stayed at home to protect others.
He owes them all, especially the millions who are shielding, an apology.
Mr Johnsons quarantine in his Chequers country residence is expected to finish at the end of the day on Monday, as is Mr Sunaks.
The pair initially tried to avoid isolation by saying they were taking part in a testing pilot, but backed down in the face of widespread public criticism.
Mr Javid replaced Matt Hancock as Health Secretary last month when the scandal-hit predecessor stood down amid public outrage after leaked CCTV footage showed him kissing an aide in breach of coronavirus rules.
He has been viewed as more strongly in favour of lifting coronavirus restrictions and most remaining legal rules in England were ended on Monday.
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