Calls for inquiry as UK reports highest Covid-19 death toll in Europe

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Government’s handling of pandemic under scrutiny as UK becomes worst-hit European country

Britain has the worst coronavirus death toll in Europe, official figures showed on Tuesday, prompting calls for an inquiry into the handling of the pandemic.

The government’s tally of fatalities across the UK reached 29,427 for those who tested positive for coronavirus, exceeding the 29,029 recorded in Italy – until now Europe’s worst-hit country. Italy’s total does not include suspected cases.

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