Scotland to hold Covid-19 inquiry ‘this year’
A FOUR-NATIONS inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic should begin this year, Nicola Sturgeon said.
The First Minister said she had already committed to an inquiry covering Scotland in 2021, but said a UK-wide inquiry could also look at issues affecting each nation.
The Prime Minister has previously said he supported holding an inquiry into the UK’s response to Covid-19 but a timescale has not been set.
The SNP’s election manifesto says there should be a “person-centred” public inquiry that would hear from those who have lost loved ones to the virus.
Sturgeon said: “I am committed to establishing in Scotland a judge-led public inquiry to examine all aspects of our handling of the pandemic – including the situation in our care homes – and to have this under way before the end of this year.
“This will happen in Scotland whether or not it happens in other parts of the UK.
“However, there is no doubt it would be beneficial to have an inquiry that could look across the four nations as well as at specific issues within each nation – this would help provide answers to families, businesses and all those who have made sacrifices over the last year.
“I hope all governments across the UK will join me in committing to a full public inquiry starting later this year.”
Scotland has recorded a further 211 cases of coronavirus, the latest daily figures have revealed, and no new deaths.
Figures published yesterday showed 1.6% of tests for Covid-19 came back positive.
A total of 2,744,231 people have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine – an increase of 10,844 on the previous day.
Now 738,420 have received their second dose, a rise of 22,706 on Saturday’s total.