Thousands of British army troops could hit the streets when the UK hits "peak coronavirus " – which could be as early as next month.
Lieutenant-General Tyrone Urch has drawn up contingency plans that will see the army step in to keep supermarkets shelves full and petrol stations topped up with fuel under the codename Operation Rescript, Daily Mirror reports.
They could also work with emergency services if their staff are struck down by the deadly bug, leaving their resources depleted.
Royal Military Police could help support local constabularies, while troops may be used to drive ambulances and fire engines.
And 38 liaison officers are already working with regional authorities to identify how they can assist in the crisis.
With 10 more deaths in the last 24 hours the nation is now moving on to a wartime footing.
It comes following the news that all Brits aged over 70 will soon be required by law to self-isolate for four months even if they have no symptoms, in a "wartime-style" mobilisation effort likely to begin in the next five to 20 days.
Pubs in the UK will also reportedly close after next weekend in an attempt to stem the rapid spread of coronavirus .
It has also been reported that schools in the UK will be closed in the coming weeks to combat the spread of the deadly virus.
Security Minister James Brokenshire is also self-isolating for seven days after meeting Australian Interior Minister Peter Dutton who tested positives.
Face-to-face Brexit talks in London this week have been cancelled.
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