Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said there are "big lessons" to be learned from the treatment of care homes during the coronavirus outbreak.
Mr Gove said the Government had taken "significant steps" to improve the situation of those in care homes.
However, amid growing criticism that they had failed to provide adequate support to the sector, he acknowledged the situation remained a "challenge".
"There are big lessons to be learned," he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.
"We are still living through this pandemic and there will be lessons to be learned. We have taken significant steps to improve the care of people in care homes.
"There will be a point in the future when all of us can look back and reflect and make sure we have learned the appropriate lessons.
"At the moment, we are focused on making sure we beat the virus and protect people as effectively as possible."
Mr Gove also issued a fresh appeal to teaching unions and to councils who have expressed concerns about the Government's plans to begin reopening schools from next month to think again.
Published:17/05/2020 by Radio NewsHub