Revealed: the secret report that gave ministers warning of care home coronavirus crisis

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Care providers say government did not discuss key Exercise Cygnus concerns with them

A secret government report that said the UK was not prepared for a pandemic and forewarned of the Covid-19 crisis in care homes is being published by the Guardian.

The report is based on the findings of a government simulation of an influenza pandemic, codenamed Exercise Cygnus. It concluded starkly that Britain was not adequately prepared for a flu-like pandemic’s “extreme demands”.

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