Under new government guidelines to tackle the rise of the coronavirus outbreak, elderly people will be told to stay at home.
Government sources have said the elderly need to be prepared for “social distancing” policies, which are to be announced next week in parliament.
The Department for Health has warned that the elderly could be “cut off” from the world as advice will be to stay clear of crowded areas and stay at home.
Coronavirus currently has a mortality rate of 15% for people aged over 80, so far two people have died in the UK from coronavirus.
Science minister Amanda Solloway told The Daily Telegraph that people should keep in touch with their neighbours, friends and family as the elderly may face feeling isolated.
So far 164 people have been infected with coronavirus, Northern Ireland confirmed their fourth case on Friday evening.