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Covid bereaved voice anguish at ‘ignored’ UK virus planning report

Families lament government’s failure to stock up on PPE and set up contact tracing as advised in 2016 exercise * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Families bereaved by Covid have expressed pain at revelations that a government exercise modelling a large-scale coronavirus outbreak recommended four years before the pandemic that better preparations were needed in key areas including building stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE) and a contact-tracing system. Following the Guardian’s revelations about the previously confidential report on Exercise Alice, the Liberal Democrats have questioned the credibility of Jeremy Hunt, who was health secretary at the time of the exercise, in co-leading an inquiry into lessons from the pandemic, which reports next week. Continue reading...

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