On Friday (13th), it emerged the Queen was postponing upcoming trips to Cheshire and Camden in light of the virus, calling it a “sensible precaution”.
A press release from Buckingham Palace read: “As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, changes are being made to The Queen’s diary commitments in the coming weeks.
“In consultation with the Medical Household and Government, Her Majesty’s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled. Audiences will continue as usual. Other events will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with the appropriate advice.”
Prince Charles and Camilla have also cancelled their upcoming overseas tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan, which was scheduled from 17th to 25th March.
Speaking after an emergency Cobra meeting on Thursday (12th), Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the UK was now entering the ‘delay’ phase of its four-fold plan to tackle the spread of the virus.
Part of this plan includes advising that older people and those with health conditions cut social contact and stay at home.
As of Sunday 15th March, there are a reported 1,140 cases of coronavirus, resulting in 21 deaths in the UK.