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Over 1,400 families who lost loved-ones to coronavirus plan legal action against Government

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Families who have lost loved ones to coronavirus plan legal action against Government over its handling of the pandemic, according to reports.

Lawyers representing more than 1,400 families of those who died after contracting Coronavirus will outline a case today.

More than 56,600 deaths involving COVID-19 have now been registered in the UK, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

The Coronavirus Bereaved Families for Justice campaign will lay out the legal case they are planning to take against the Government.

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, founder of campaign group, is pictured with her father Stuart who she lost to Covid-19
Jo Goodman, founder of campaign group, is pictured with her father Stuart who she lost to Covid-19

Jo Goodman, a founder of the campaign group, lost her father Stuart to Coronavirus 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.

Charlie’s father Vernute died in his care home on April 20, and Kathryn lost her father Tony on April 14.

The lawyer for the group Elkan Abrahamson, Head of Major Inquiries at Broudie Jackson Canter, said – The government was too scared to take action when the pandemic started, is too scared to allow an immediate inquiry into its actions and is too scared to meet bereaved families.

Legal action is a last resort and one we and the families want to avoid but unless the government speaks to us and acts we have no choice.

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