By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline
Published: 08:15 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 08:15 GMT, 1 March 2020
Retired doctors and nurses could be asked to return to the NHS while millions of workers may be ordered to work from home under a new UK coronavirus 'battle plan'.
Those who have recently stepped down could be called up after 23 cases have been confirmed in Britain, with fears that 80 per cent of the population cold contract the virus.
The government is set to publish its plan to combat Covid-19 later this week and has based the initiative on a response it had in place for a possible flu pandemic.
People wearing face masks in Trafalgar Square, London, as the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Wales and two more were identified in England - bringing the total number in the UK to 20
The three new cases - one in Gloucestershire, one in Hertfordshire and another in Berkshire - are being investigated and any individuals who had contact with the patients are now being traced.
Extra Cobra meetings will be held in Whitehall, with scientists and media experts working side-by-side in the Cabinet Office's so-called 'war room', BBC