The investigation will also look at the implications of economic measures taken by the government to sustain the economy through successive blockades.

To date, however, this terms of reference have not included anything about the impact on health of consecutive outages, as well as the impact on children after they have spent several months out of school.

The expansion of the investigation, which is expected to be the largest in the UK, came after metropolitan police confirmed that another 50 fines had been issued for violating COVID-19 rules on and around Downing Street.

With the investigation set to begin in 2023, the pandemic issue will not go away for Mr Johnson’s administration any time soon.


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