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UK Covid-19 investigation delayed by two weeks to respect period of national mourning

An investigation into the UK’s Covid-19 was delayed by two weeks out of respect for the national mourning period following the Queen’s death, officials said.

The investigation, which will examine the decisions made by the government of Boris Johnson during the pandemic, was scheduled to begin on September 20, but has been postponed to October 4.

It will begin with a pre-interview that will set out how the investigation will develop and what will be investigated.

Flowers at the National Covid Memorial Wall in London (Yui Mok / PA)

(PA wire)

During this hearing, the chairman of the investigation, Baroness Heather Hallett, will grant a brief period of silence to commemorate the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives.

The first full hearings will be focused in early 2020, until the first national blockade on March 23 this year.

Later sessions will look at the responses from government and decentralized administrations.

Witnesses are due to testify this summer, the investigation says.

National mourning began on the day of the queen’s death and lasts until the end of the day of the state funeral on September 19.

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