UPDATE 1-UK's PM Johnson announces COVID-19 public inquiry
(Changes sourcing to PM Johnson)
LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) - Britain will launch a public inquiry into the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.
"This process will place the state's actions under the microscope," he told parliament.
The inquiry will have the backing of legislation giving it far-reaching powers, Johnson said. (Reporting by Alistair Smout and Michael Holden, writing by William James Editing by William Schomberg)
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