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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Covid Inquiry: Welsh Government WhatsApp Messages May Have Been Deleted

Covid Inquiry: Welsh Government WhatsApp Messages May Have Been Deleted

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has stated that some messages sent by individuals working in the Welsh government during the COVID-19 pandemic may have been deleted.

He mentioned that he personally does not use WhatsApp and would not know how to automatically delete texts.

While he indicated that no instruction was issued in the Welsh government to delete material once the COVID-19 inquiry's data request was known, he acknowledged that deletion may have occurred before this point.

This development follows a similar controversy in Scotland over deleted messages, and it raises concerns about transparency and data retention during the pandemic response.

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