'An insult': fury at claim ministers did all they could in Covid crisis

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Prime minister’s remarks ‘a kick in the teeth’, says charity for bereaved families

Bereaved families, government scientific advisers and public health experts have attacked Boris Johnson’s claim that ministers “did everything [they] could ... to minimise loss of life and to minimise suffering” during the coronavirus emergency.

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They spoke as the prime minister was repeatedly urged by the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, to explain why the UK had had more than 100,000 deaths during the pandemic so far – one of the worst mortality rates in the world.

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