Government officials may ask Uber and Deliveroo to deliver food to OAPs as coronavirus panic-buying leaves shelves empty, according to reports.
The Prime Minister’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, is believed to have opened talks with the takeaway giants in a bid to keep the elderly and vulnerable in isolation, according to ITV's political editor Robert Peston.
It comes amid leaked reports that pubs will be forced to close next week as COVID-19 tears through Britain.
The temporary closure of pubs, bars and restaurants is one of a series of measures being prepared by Downing Street to protect the healthcare system against total collapse.
It emerged all Brits over 70 will potentially be required by law to self-isolate for four months even if they have no symptoms.
He warned that a "wartime-style" mobilisation effort is likely to begin in the next five to 20 days.
Other measures include hotels and other buildings being repurposed as makeshift hospitals, private hospitals being requisitioned as emergency hospitals and the manufacturing of respirators for the acutely ill.
Some schools will also be closed for perhaps a few weeks, with a skeleton staff continuing to work and provide childcare for NHS workers and members of the police.
"According to a senior government source, the perception that ministers are reluctant to make difficult and costly decisions to battle the virus is wrong," Peston says.
"It is simply that the chief medical officer Chris Whitty and the chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance are waiting for the optimal time to force restrictions on our way of life that will be very painful."
The government reportedly wants to delay the quarantine out of concern some elderly people will die at home due to neglect.
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