Boris Johnson has apologised, at the UK’s official inquiry into the Covid pandemic, for the way his government handled the crisis. The former Prime Minister said it had "vastly underestimated" the threat posed by the virus.
Mr Johnson admitted that as Prime Minister he should have realised sooner how serious the crisis was. He said he was sorry for the pain, loss and suffering of victims and families.
Mr Johnson has been accused of lying about government decisions during the pandemic. It’s accused of failing to protect elderly people in care homes. The UK suffered one of the highest death rates from Covid in western Europe.
Mr Johnson was forced to resign as Prime Minister after it emerged that parties had been held in Downing Street in breach of the government’s Covid restrictions.
Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Vicki Young and Hugh Pym
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