As coronavirus infections increase, move threatens to postpone conclusions until well into 2022
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Due to rising Covid 19 infections in London, the Grenfell Tower public inquiry has been postponed until at least next month. Before Christmas, the investigative team investigating the June 14, 2017 tragedy was struck by a spate of infections, but on Monday, Jan. 11, President Sir Martin Moore-Bick, 74, decided to start taking oral evidence. It was important to cross-examine witnesses for Arconic, the company that made the flammable cladding panels that were the main cause of the spread of the fire.
“In total, 72 people died as a result of the fire in the West London tower block, the investigation stated in a statement, “The increased transmissibility of the latest form of the coronavirus means that the risk of infection for everyone commuting to and working in the investigation premises is greatly increased, regardless of the robustness of the precautions taken.
It is unfair to ask witnesses and investigative team members to travel to a high-risk area to engage in the investigation under the current circumstances. The only people on the premises, along with a support team, were the three-member investigative panel, witnesses, and lawyers for the investigation.
Through a public YouTube broadcast, the bereaved and survivors and their attorneys followed the proceedings.
Previously, the bereaved families and survivors protested because it was important that the executives of the construction firms responsible for the reconstruction be subject to harsh cross-examination by the lawyers of the inquiry in person. There were fears that their answers would be trained by witnesses testifying through a computer connection. The panel recognizes that the problem of remote hearings w The Inquiry hopes to begin remote hearings as early as possible in February and will write to key participants as soon as possible confirming the reopening date and other information, including how the proceedings can be followed remotely by survivors, survivors and resident key participants,”The Inquiry hopes to begin remote hearings as early as possible in February, and will write to key participants as soon as possible to confirm the reopening date and other details, including how survivors, survivors and resident key participants will be able to follow the proceedings remotely,”