Announcing measured to help its citizens cope with the outbreak, after 40 brits tested positive, the plan announced could see big events like sports matches and the London Marathon banned, while soliders could be seen on Britain’s streets to provide support to the NHS and councils.
The government has warned the police could have to stop investigating low-level crime with so many people off work and councils could have to deal with more bodies in make-shift morgues.
NHS volunteers could be brought out of retirement to help hospitals cope and schools could be forced to close.
The government insists it has “planned extensively over the years for an event like this, and the UK is therefore well prepared to respond in a way that offers substantial protection to the public”.
People who have returned for at risk places and are displaying symptoms, even mild ones, are being advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.
They are advised to stay out of public places, make sure they have enough supplies to last them for two weeks and if they do need food or other items delivered, get them to be left on the doorstep.
But as more and more people are wearing masks on the street in a desperate attempt to prevent them coming into contact with coronavirus.
But how is the illness, now known as Covid-19, actually spread – and how can you avoid coming into contact with it?
Experts agree it depends how close you are to an infected person, how long you’re near to them and whether they drop ‘viral droplets’ on you.
A viral droplet is a tiny particle found in mucus or saliva.
They are transported when we cough, sneeze, laugh, sing, talk and even breathe.
To get into our systems they have to enter via the nose, eyes or mouth and it is thought coughing and sneezing is the most common way for these droplets to be spread.
But even talking face-to-face with someone or sharing a meal could be a risk.
Julian Tang, a virologist and professor at the University of Leicester, said: “If you can smell what someone had for lunch — garlic, curry, etc. — you are inhaling what they are breathing out, including any virus in their breath.”
How close can you get?
The best advise seems to be to make sure you’re standing at least three feet away from someone who is is.
Although, this is far from perfect and some research shows being within six feet can still present a risk.
How long can you be close to an infected person?
Ideally, no time at all, but experts are in agreement that the longer you spend in the company of someone who is ill, the greater your risk of being infected.
How do you know if someone is ill?
This is a really tricky one and some people who are carrying coronavirus may never actually fall ill with it.
And worryingly, there is an increasing number of cases of people who have no symptoms but are still infecting others.
However, the World Health Organisation stresses that most people who have spread the illness were themselves poorly at the time.
Symptoms of coronavirus include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath.
Is one make of soap or handwash better than another?
Simple one – no, they should all work.
Can coronavirus be spread via kissing?
Unfortunately, yes, it definitely can.
Can it be spread through sex?
Not good news on this one either. Experts say it’s too soon to tell if coronavirus can be sexually transmitted