In the House of Commons, Munira called on the Government to make limited visiting possible of family members to care home residents.

Since Friday last week, any care homes in local authority areas named by PHE for anti-Covid interventions must immediately stop visiting, except in exceptional circumstances.

However, there are concerns on the effect this is having on the mental health of residents.

Speaking in Parliament, Munira said:

“We have heard from Members on both sides of this House about the tragic situation of people in care homes whose mental health is suffering because they cannot have visits from a family member.

We must—must—get regular testing for a nominated family member. I have heard that from my constituents who cannot access their family members and can see these people withering away before their very eyes.

If we really have the largest testing system imaginable and we have put a protective ring around our most vulnerable, Ministers must be able to find a solution to this problem, and we need one urgently.”