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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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.
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.
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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