THE daughter of a woman who died after contracting Covid-19 said she wants her voice to be heard in public inquiry into their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs the inquiry will begin in spring 2022 and will place 'the state’s actions under the microscope'.

The inquiry will be able to take oral evidence under oath, he said, adding that the state has an obligation 'to learn every lesson for the future'.

Sarah Nicola, whose mother Helen Nicola died aged 79 from Covid last March, is a member of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice.

Ms Nicola, from Dalton, believes the government have failed to learn from previous mistakes during the pandemic and welcomed the inquiry.

However she believes this should be brought forward from Spring 2022 to save more lives.

“Obviously we are at the beginning of this and now what we need to do is to bring it forward,” the mother-of-two said.

“I hope this will involve the public and everyone’s stories across the nation will be heard in this.

“My mum caught Covid in her own home from a nurse who was not wearing PPE.

“There are stories that need to be heard which will show how people caught this and how it spread."

She said her family believer her mother had a chest infection before being told she could not come visit because of signs of Covid.

“If we had locked down sooner, we could have helped her," she said.

“Questions need to be asked like why nurses were not wearing PPE sooner.

“This needs to be brought forward though to Summer because we do not want a repeat of what happened last year and face a delay in the inquiry.

“If we had this last year we could have saved people from the second and third wave that hit.”

Mr Johnson said the inquiry must be able to look at the events of the last year "in the cold light of day" and identify the key issues that will make a difference for the future.

"Free to scrutinise every document, to hear from all the key players and analyse and learn from the breadth of our response," he said.