Emergency legislation that would grant powers aimed at tackling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic will be debated by MPs later.

Under the proposals, airports could shut and police would be able to force people with virus symptoms to isolate.

The powers, which would be time-limited for two years, are expected to be approved by MPs.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned new, stricter anti-virus measures could soon be introduced.

According to the latest figures, the UK’s death toll has reached 281 – including a person aged 18 with an underlying health condition – and there are 5,683 confirmed cases.

Emergency legislation that would grant powers aimed at tackling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic will be debated by MPs later.

Under the proposals, airports could shut and police would be able to force people with virus symptoms to isolate.

The powers, which would be time-limited for two years, are expected to be approved by MPs.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned new, stricter anti-virus measures could soon be introduced.

According to the latest figures, the UK’s death toll has reached 281 – including a person aged 18 with an underlying health condition – and there are 5,683 confirmed cases.