Minister says UK public inquiry into Covid now would be ‘premature’

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Reopening the economy is main priority for government, says the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng

A senior minister has rejected calls for a public inquiry into the UK government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the worst death toll per capita of any of the world’s large economies.

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Appearing on Sky News, the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, would not be drawn on a timeline for getting an inquiry under way as the UK’s coronavirus fatalities rose to almost 126,000.

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