Ex-PM Johnson apologises to families of UK Covid victims

LONDON-Boris Johnson on Wednesday apologised for “the pain and the loss and the suffering” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, as he gave evidence at a public inquiry into his government’s handling of the global health crisis.
The former prime minister, who has faced a barrage of criticism from former aides for alleged indecisiveness and a lack of scientific understanding during the pandemic, is facing two gruelling days in the witness box.
Johnson -- forced from office last year over lockdown-breaching parties held in Downing Street during the pandemic -- accepted that “mistakes” had “unquestionably” been made but repeatedly insisted he and officials did their “level best”. “I understand the feeling of the victims and their families and I’m deeply sorry for the pain and the loss and the suffering to those victims and their families,” Johnson said. Johnson, 59, was briefly interrupted as a protester was ordered from the inquiry room after refusing to sit down during the apology.

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