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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds host heartwarming ‘Covid-secure’ baptism for baby Wilfred

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The Prime Minister and Carrie Symonds’ son was born on May 3 this year. Ms Symonds gave birth shortly after Mr Johnson recovered from a serious bout of coronavirus, which left him hospitalised in intensive care. When the UK went into lockdown on March 23, Church of England guidance permitted “significantly scaled back” baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Wilfred, four months old, was baptised on Saturday in a small private ceremony.

Only a few family members and close friends were present at the secretive service.

The couple did not host reception for the guests, as they wanted to set an example for the public for formal events.

Downing Street refused to confirm whether the baptism took place.

A source at the baptism told the Sun it was a poignant moment for Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds.

They said: “After everything Boris and Carrie have been through this year, baptising Wilfred was a very special moment.

“They shared it with a small number of people and the service was simple but beautiful, with lots of tears and laughter.

“They’re not intending to release photographs as it was a special private moment.”

The source added to the Sun Mr Johnson’s priority was making the baptism “Covid-secure” due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

They said: “It was a priority for Boris and ­Carrie that the entire ­baptism was Covid secure.

“There was no reception or party afterwards.

“Perhaps they’ll have a big celebration whenever they get married.”

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Church of England guidance on March 19 stated funerals, wedding and baptisms could go ahead but with strict guidelines.

Personnel for baptisms were limited to the candidate, the candidate’s parents, guardians, or carers, godparents, and the minister only.

Parents were asked to hold their child during the baptism, so priests could use a shell to pour the water.

Some churches closed completely during lockdown, and celebrated their first socially distant baptisms in August.

The UK has seen a total of 370,928 coronavirus cases as of September 13.

It has also reported 41,717 deaths from the virus according to Johns Hopkins University.

On Sunday, the UK saw a further 3,330 cases and five more deaths.

The new figures come as England brings in a “rule of six” for groups of people today.

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