Confirmed cases of the deadly virus are etching towards 100,000, as more than 3,100 people have died. Today, Boris Johnson unveiled his 28-page “Action Plan” which included putting the Army on standby as the UK prepares for the worst-case scenario. The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has admitted that public health officials are operating in "uncharted territory" as they combat the spread in 73 countries.
But, their worst fears may have already been predicted, if claims online from fans of 2011 film “Contagion” are anything to go by.
The Steven Soderbergh production depicts the outbreak of an epidemic in China as the scientific community races to contain a fictional virus, called MEV-1.
Some online believe the plot, which stars Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Kate Winslet, mirrors what is happening today, taking to Twitter to share their concerns.
One tweet read: “My fears from the movie Contagion finally coming true thanks to the coronavirus.”
Coronavirus may have been predicted nine years ago (Image: WARNER BROS)
The film was released in 2011 (Image: WARNER BROS)
My fears from the movie Contagion finally coming true thanks to the coronavirus
Another said: “This coronavirus epidemic is so similar to the movie Contagion.”
A third claimed: "Contagion has potentially eerie similarities to recent events.”
In the film, conspiracy theorist Alan Krumwiede spreads misinformation about the government having a cure for the virus spread by bats, creating increased panic.
The film also shows officials responding to the outbreak by putting economic concerns ahead of public well-being, deciding to keep the extent of the