UK Covid Inquiry to sit in Scotland as officials questioned over pandemic

Scottish ministers and other key public health figures will give evidence as part of the ongoing probe into the handling of the pandemic.

The UK Covid Inquiry is to sit in Scotland for the first time on Tuesday.

The investigation is to take place in Edinburgh over three weeks with ministers and other key figures to be questioned on the handling of the pandemic.

Former first minister Nicola Sturgeon, ex-deputy John Swinney and former health secretary Jeanne Freeman, who have appeared at previous sessions last June, are expected to give evidence.

National clinical director Professor Jason Leitch will also appear at the inquiry.

Campaign groups supporting those who lost loved ones during the pandemic will be called to give evidence.

UK Covid-19 Inquiry chairwoman Baroness Heather Hallett.

The probe is separate to the Scottish Covid Inquiry.

The Chair, Baroness Heather Hallett, will open the hearing and there will be opening statements from the counsel to the inquiry and core participants, which will continue in the afternoon.

The hearings will be held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The inquiry will aim to conclude its hearings in 2026.

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