Responding to the UK's coronavirus death toll passing more than 40,000, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"This is a national tragedy. With the UK seeing so many more covid deaths than almost every other country, it is surely time for the Prime Minister to admit his mistakes over PPE, testing and support for care homes.
"So many heroes working and caring in the NHS and care homes up and down the country have been catastrophically failed by the Government through their failures to provide adequate PPE, to provide testing and to give timely public health advice.
"The independent public inquiry I have called for can’t come soon enough. We really must examine what went so badly wrong here in the UK and understand how other countries have avoided the number of tragic deaths that have occurred here."