All Brits over 70 to be told to self-isolate for four months even if not ill

All Brits aged over 70 will be instructed soon by the government to stay in strict isolation for four months as part of a planned response to coronavirus, ITV reports.

Political editor Robert Peston said the government was likely to enforce a "wartime-style" mobilisation effort in the next five to 20 days.

Other measures being planned included the forced requisitioning of hotels and other buildings as temporary hospitals and the requisitioning of private hospitals, he said.

Daily Star Online has approached the Department of Health for confirmation.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the government would be put under partial lockdown for 15 days amid the continuing coronavirus crisis.

He said all shops and entertainment events in the country would be suspended, with the exception of basic necessities such as food.

The country's emergency measures came shortly after France announced its own nationwide lockdown with businesses set to shut at midnight on Sunday.

The lockdown was introduced in a frantic bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Spain is the second-worst affected country in Europe after Italy, with 191 deaths and 6,056 coronavirus infections.

Some of London's best-known sites saw fewer visitors the weekend after Boris Johnson warned coronavirus is "the worst public health crisis for a generation" and a global pandemic was declared.

Oxford Street and Regent Street are usually two of the busiest shopping areas in London however on Saturday many of the shoppers noticed the streets were much emptier than normal.

Sophie, a 20-year-old student, said: "It's so much quieter. The whole world seems to have shut down, it seems quite bizarre."

As it was announced Apple has closed all stores outside of Greater China until March 27 in response to the pandemic, several members of staff were outside the Regent Street branch informing a near-constant stream of potential customers.

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