Baroness Heather Hallett will lead the inquiry and has urged people to provide feedback on the draft topics they are set to probe
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No10’s long-awaited independent Covid inquiry will examine the impact of lockdowns on the nation’s mental health and children.

Officials revealed the scope of the probe would be broadened to include the wider impacts of pandemic restrictions in an update today. 

There were fears the inquiry would fall into the same trap as a House of Commons report last year that concluded ministers should have locked down for longer.

Since then, data has accrued suggesting the benefits of lockdowns were overblown and the wider consequences were underestimated.

The inquiry is being led by Baroness Heather Hallett, who put out a public consultation on the inquiry’s draft topics last month.

After reviewing the more than 20,000 responses, the main complaint among civic groups was that the terms of reference were too narrow.

The inquiry will now aim to examine the pandemic’s unequal impact on ethnic minority groups, children and mental health.

Children saw massive disruptions to their education during the pandemic despite being at a vanishingly small risk of the virus.

Psychiatrists have described the pandemic as the ‘biggest hit’ to mental wellbeing in generations, following a record 4.3million mental health referrals in 2021.

Baroness Heather Hallett will lead the inquiry and has urged people to provide feedback on the draft topics they are set to probe

Baroness Heather Hallett will lead the inquiry and has urged people to provide feedback on the draft topics they are set to probe

Baroness Heather Hallett will lead the inquiry and has urged people to provide feedback on the draft topics they are set to probe 

Other topics include Government preparedness, testing, borders, infection control in hospitals and care homes, PPE, vaccines, furlough and sick pay. 

More to follow

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