/Elderly ‘to be kept in coronavirus isolation at home or in care for 4 months in wartime-style plans’

Elderly ‘to be kept in coronavirus isolation at home or in care for 4 months in wartime-style plans’

PENSIONERS will be told to stay in their homes for FOUR MONTHS as part of a “wartime-style” isolation plan to combat the coronavirus.

Government officials are reportedly set to urge anyone over the age of 70 to stay inside in a bid to prevent the health service from “falling over” as the deadly bug spreads.

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 People are stockpiling as coronavirus panic hits

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People are stockpiling as coronavirus panic hitsCredit: EPA
 A woman wears a mask over Covid-19 fears

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A woman wears a mask over Covid-19 fearsCredit: EPA
 Shoppers wait to buy goods outside a London store

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Shoppers wait to buy goods outside a London storeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 The death toll in the UK has hit 21 today
The death toll in the UK has hit 21 today

It’s just one of a series of strict measures planned by the prime minister as 21 people die of Covid-19 in the UK, says ITV’s political editor Robert Peston.

Officials could also take over hotels and other buildings and use them as temporary hospitals, close pubs, bars and restaurants, close schools and plough cash into the speedy manufacture of respirators.

It is understood that chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance could ask for the measures to be brought in within the next five to 20 days.

‘STAY INSIDE’

Food delivery companies Uber and Deliveroo could be drafted in to bring food to society’s most vulnerable during the lockdown.

Public Health England today confirmed 1,140 coronavirus cases in the UK – a 40 per cent spike in 24 hours from yesterday’s 798 cases and marking the biggest daily leap yet.

The first person in the UK to die after being diagnosed with coronavirus was announced on March 5, and today’s announcement of 10 deaths is by far the largest number of deaths announced on a single day in the UK since the outbreak took hold.

 Shoppers have queued for goods like toilet paper

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Shoppers have queued for goods like toilet paperCredit: London News Pictures
 The population of Italy is also in lockdown

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The population of Italy is also in lockdownCredit: Reuters
 The government has announced a four-stage plan for dealing with the virus
The government has announced a four-stage plan for dealing with the virus

It comes as…

This evening, France announced the closure of restaurants, cafes and clubs during a large-scale lockdown.

Closer to home, shoppers are stripping supermarket shelves of essential items like toilet paper and dried pasta in a bid to stockpile goods.


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