Brits may have to avoid going to the pub, eating out and attending public events for three months to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The strategy could see people told to avoid with others ‘contact outside work and school’.
It comes the day after the Government launched its “battle plan” to combat the outbreak.
Officials confirmed yesterday the number of people infected in the UK has risen to 51.
Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Britons may have to put their lives on hold for three months to stop the spread of the killer virus.
The Daily Mail reports the government may advise people to cut back on things like going out to the pub, shopping, and eating out in an effort to contain the disease.
It comes as the government warned that up to a fifth of the UK workforce could be off sick when the virus hits its peak.
And NHS England has ordered hospitals to review their intensive care bed numbers and how they could be increased to cope with a surge in cases.
Hospitals have been told to draw up plans to segregate wards such as A&E departments in the event of a “significant escalation” in cases.
Keith Willett, head of NHS coronavirus planning, told hospitals to “step up” their planning.
He said “all acute units” will be needed to treat coronavirus patients as the outbreak grows.
“Consider implementing alternative models such as remote consultations for those patients who can be supported at home,” hospitals have been told.
As part of worst-case scenario planning, the NHS may be forced to cancel thousands of routine operations as coronvavirus spreads.
A major outbreak is expected to hit the UK within the next two months.
It comes as the BBC reported that Britain will formally register COVID-19, as a “notifiable” disease.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) told the BBC: “To mitigate the impact on businesses, we will register COVID19 as a notifiable disease.
“This will help companies seek compensation through their insurance policies in the event of any cancellations they may have to make as a result of the spread of the virus.”
The Government is also launching a renewed public information campaign urging people to wash their hands to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Adverts will seek to drive home the message that regular hand-washing is the single most important action individuals can take in the fight against Covid-19.
The latest adverts – to be rolled out across print, radio, online and billboards – will reinforce the message that people should be washing their hands more often.
It includes when they come in from home or work, after they blow their nose, cough or sneeze, and before they eat or handle food.
The adverts say washing should be for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser.
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