A Welsh doctor who was unable to be with his father when he was dying from the coronavirus due to the shutdown paralyzed Dominic Cummings’s actions.
Dean Burnett said he was “baffled, outraged and dismayed” by the prime minister’s chief adviser.
Boris Johnson is under renewed pressure to fire Mr. Cummings after reports surfaced that the 48-year-old was making a second trip to County Durham, where his family lives, despite social restrictions.
Dean, a neuroscientist from Cardiff, added, “I am furious that he felt it was okay to do this when I, and many others, had to go through hell.
“When my father got Peter Covid-19, I couldn’t see him. When he went to the hospital, I couldn’t visit him. And when he died, I couldn’t be there.”
The 37-year-old father of two said he was distraught when his father died in the hospital and he was unable to visit him, The Mirror reports.
He said: I have been through the worst emotional pain of my life. All because of the lockdown. Still, I stick with it because I can’t imagine ever causing this pain to anyone else.
“I must be there for my wife and two small children in great grief, because no one can help us.”
Today Dean is one of many Britons outraged at Cummings’ two 260-mile secret journeys to his parents in Durham – from everyday people to stars like JK Rowling.
Grief-stricken Dean last saw his 58-year-old father, a former bar owner, in Port Talbot in February.
The doctor, who has two children under eight, could not have been there when Peter died in a Swansea hospital after receiving Covid-19 in March.
“Cummings and his friends don’t care at all,” he said.
His outrage was shared by student Emma Conway, who missed the funeral of mother Linda, 60, who died of complications after surgery in March.
Emma, 30, from Southport, said, “Mum’s entire family lives in Derbyshire, less than half the distance from London to Durham.
“But they said they weren’t willing to break the rules. It meant Dad and I had to grieve for ourselves, which was ridiculously difficult. To see Cummings ignore the rules and risk other lives being furious.”
Husband David, 61, Emma and her best friend were the only people at her cremation. Her sister had to miss it because of the rules. It is something she will never come to terms with, “said Emma.
Also horrified was Kenneth Sazuze, of Sutton Coldfield, West Mids, whose wife from nursing home Elsie, 44, died alone from the virus on a hospital ventilator.
Kenneth said, “I lost my wife without saying goodbye. I imagine she was lonely, sad and scared. Cummings is reminiscent of the people who follow the rules. ‘
Healthcare provider Lisa Cave has been unable to hug her asthmatic seven-year-old daughter Ruby for eight weeks while she isolates with disabled residents in a home in Norfolk.
Lisa, 40, said, “We put ourselves in the line of fire, then you get people like him traveling all the way. He should be fired.”
Mother of two Kate Soper, 37, isolated herself with sick children Alfie, three, nine-month-old Stan and husband Jez, 42, when they showed virus symptoms.
She never considered going to her mother-in-law, who lives a few minutes away in Wilmslow, Cheshire. “We were broken – but we never thought of breaking the blockade. He should go. ‘
There was also anger from a neighbor of Cummings’ parents in Durham. Amanda Fay, 46, company director, said, “He’s an idiot. Why make rules you can’t keep? “
Meanwhile, JK Rowling struck the Secretary of State Dominic Raab The suggestion of people attacking Cummings should “take a good look in the mirror.”
She said, “So those who make the rules are allowed to break the rules? Your government has expressly told us not to visit elderly family members. Look in your own damn mirror. ‘