20 January 2022, 05:57 | Updated: January 20, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
Boris Johnson’s baby daughter Romy was ‘badly affected’ by Covid-19 when she was only five weeks old, it is reported.
Downing Street announced last week that a member of the prime minister’s family had tested positive for the virus.
It was not made clear at the time who the family member was, but the Daily Mail reported today that it was his daughter Romy.
A source told the newspaper that she had suffered from the virus “quite badly” at the age of five weeks, but now she was “on the mend”.
Johnson was dealing with the disease in his family as he tried to fight a plot to overthrow him by rebel Red Wall Tory MPs over the Partygate scandal.
Johnson continues to fight after a senior Tory demanded “in the name of God, go” and a Conservative MP jumped off to Labor over allegations of rule-breaking parties in Downing Street.
Former Brexit secretary David Davis called for the resignation of a prime minister on Wednesday in a Commons intervention, later warning that the party faces “a death toll of 1,000 cuts” if they do not act quickly to oust him.
Minutes before the prime minister’s question, Bury South MP Christian Wakeford dramatically changed sides, refusing to “defend the indefensible” over alleged breaches of the Covid rules.
But Mr Johnson is said to have been given a fragile reprimand by some colleagues who were considering forcing a no-confidence motion until they heard the outcome of senior official Sue Gray’s inquiry into events at No. 10 under restrictions.
He had held talks with MPs on the back table to support the support and prevent the 54 letters being sent to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee on Conservatives, which is needed to trigger a no-confidence motion.
As Mr Wakeford faced anger from former colleagues on the Tory benches, some suspected he had temporarily encouraged support for Mr Johnson ahead of Mrs Gray’s report, which is now expected next week.
Nr. 10 said Mr Johnson would fight any no-confidence vote launched against him, insisting he expects to fight in the next parliamentary elections.
In another development yesterday, Plan B measures to curb the proliferation of Omicron were abolished.
It told the Prime Minister to MPs in the Commons work from home would be dropped immediately and rules on face covering in classrooms would also be scrapped in England from Thursday.
Other measures incl the requirement to wear face masks in public transportation and in stores expires next Thursday.
That The legal requirement for people with coronavirus to self-isolate will also be allowed to lapse when the rules expire on March 24, and that date could be brought forward.
The move could help appease Mr Johnson’s Tory critics at a time when the Prime Minister has been under pressure over the Downing Street parties.
This comes after Covid infection levels fell in most parts of the UK for the first time since early December, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).