The scandal over how government policy contributed to the high number of deaths in care homes continues to escalate. An investigation by Sky News appears to show the government was unprepared for the crisis and offered limited support to care homes. Another report shows that care homes were put under heavy pressure to take in patients confirmed to have coronavirus, or who had not been tested for the disease, despite the known vulnerability of their elderly residents to the disease.

The Prime Minister came under pressure on the subject in the Commons today from Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader. At PMQs, the pair clashed over advice given to care homes.