Many thousands of care home residents have died since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

After criticism from the Labour leader last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We brought the lockdown in care homes ahead of the general lockdown.”

The wider lockdown was announced on 23 March so when were measures to protect people in care homes introduced?

There are three main routes for the transmission of the virus into care homes – visitors coming to see residents, members of staff and residents being admitted (for instance from hospital).

Visiting care homes

Most care homes in England are privately run, but are regulated by national bodies and would typically act on advice from central as well as local government.

General guidance produced on 25 February included

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