Queen Elizabeth has been relocated to Windsor Castle from Buckingham Palace, London, as Britain plans to isolate people over 70, with coronavirus deaths in the country being 21 and nearly doubling within 11 days.
The 93-year-old monarch and her 98-year-old husband, Prince Philip, are expected to be quarantined at the Royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk in the coming weeks as more stringent measures are taken to fight the coronavirus outbreak, which affects over 1,140 people in the UK.
The deadly virus has claimed over 5,300 lives and infected more than 142,000 people in 135 countries and territories. The World Health Organization called the outbreak on Wednesday a pandemic.
"Other events are continually being reviewed in accordance with appropriate advice," said a Buckingham Palace statement announcing diary cancellations for the monarch.
Some reports indicate that her move from the palace in the heart of London, which has a large staff and frequent visitors, was part of a regular weekend trip from the Queen to Windsor on Thursday. However, other reports suggest that the situation is constantly being reviewed before being brought back to London, and may instead be relocated to Sandringham with much smaller staff.
"She is in good health, but it was considered best to move her," quoted The Sun, a royal source.
"The palace hosts a constant stream of visitors, including politicians and dignitaries from around the world. The Queen has met many people there until recently. But she is weeks before her 94th birthday and counselors believe it is best to be her to get out of the way of the damage, "said the source.
Meanwhile, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the government's plans to fully isolate the elderly and vulnerable within a few weeks.