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Matt Hancock has quit as the British Minister of Health after a video surfaced of him breaking Covid-19 rules.

In the video, published by The Sun, the married minister can be seen kissing and embracing an aide in his office at a time when the Covid-19 rules forbid people to have intimate contact with another person outside their household.

With the entire nation living under lockdown, colleagues and the public didn't hold back with their harsh criticism.

This led to Hancock posting a video on Twitter announcing that he has resigned.

He was replaced by Sajid Javid, a former Minister of Finance with widespread government experience, but new to the health sector, reports News24.

The aide in question was a woman appointed by Hancock to a taxpayer-funded role to inspect his department. The Labour Party has since questioned the appointment of the aide as it has come to light that the woman is a long-time friend. According to media reports, the aide has also now quit.

In his response to the resignation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Hancock "should leave the office very proud of what you have achieved – not just tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us", reports the BBC.

He added: "I am grateful for your support and believe that your contribution to public service is far from over."

Image credit: Sky News

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