Coronavirus UK Update: Families of Covid-19 victims ‘plan legal action against Government’

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Coronavirus UK Update: Families of Covid-19 victims 'plan legal action against Government'
Coronavirus UK Update: Families of Covid-19 victims 'plan legal action against Government'

Families of those who lost their lives over the coronavirus pandemic are planning legal action against the Government, according to reports.

Lawyers representing more than 1,400 families who have lost loved-ones to Covid-19 will today outline a case.

Hundreds of people have lost their lives due to the pandemic in Coventry and Warwickshire and more than 45,000 across the UK.

This country has one of the highest death tolls per capita and the The Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign will lay out the legal case they are planning to take against the Government, The Sun reports.

Four men and women who lost their dads to coronavirus will give evidence to a cross-party group of MPs and peers investigating the Government’s handling of the pandemic.

They have sent the Government a formal notice of their plans to pursue legal action that will secure a statutory public inquiry into the pandemic.

The families have begun crowdfunding for the legal case as the Government has not yet disclosed whether they will pursue them for legal costs if the case fails.

Jo Goodman, a founder of the campaign group, lost her father Stuart to Covid-19 in April after he attended an outpatient hospital appointment.

Fellow member Hannah lost her father Shaun, a key worker with no underlying health conditions in May.

Meanwhile, laws enforcing lockdown restrictions in areas of the north of England including Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire have come into force.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions on Gatherings) (North of England) Regulations 2020 were finally published on Tuesday afternoon.

Ministers had said the rules – which ban people from different households meeting in a private home or garden following a spike in coronavirus cases – would apply from midnight on July 31.

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