WORKERS at a Scottish corner shop are handing out "coronavirus kits" to vulnerable people to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Shop owners Asiyah Javed and her husband Jawad have been putting together bags with soap, hand gel and masks to hand out to elderly people around the Falkirk area.

Asiyah explained: "We own this shop, Day Today Express, in Alloa Road, Stenhousemuir and we're giving away this hand gel and hand sanitiser wipe and a mask for the elderly and infirm customers - for all our local customers who are old and they are infirm, so they don't get this coronavirus."

"We're trying to get out to doing free deliveries for everybody who can't get out the house and whoever comes in, they can take one pack."

A customer in the video praised the shop owners' response to the virus outbreak.

He said: "One of my neighbours told me that the kind people in this shop were given free face masks away and I think it's very amazing that they can go to the time and not earn anything, spend money for it, package this stuff together to protect the elderly from the spread of the coronavirus, and everything should be going toward them, really good things on their side."

Asiyah continued: "I met somebody outside Asda a week ago and this woman was crying because she couldn't get anything and all the youngsters kept coming in and stockpiling everything and she couldn't get anything, so I said I'll try to help our local customers.

"It costs us £2 each but we have given over 500 so far. 

"We've got another 300 on the shelf which we're waiting for the deliveries to go out."

There are currently 60 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Scotland, and 590 across the UK as a whole. However, chief scientific adviser to the UK Government Sir Patrick Vallance has suggested the real figure could stand at between 5000 and 10,000 cases.

Yesterday First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the UK has left the containment stage of tackling the coronavirus and entered the delay stage, meaning we are now aiming to slow down the spread of Covid-19. 

People with a high temperature or persistent cough are being instructed to self-isolate for seven days, while international school trips have been cancelled. Those aged over 70 were also urged not to go on cruises. 

In Scotland, Sturgeon said mass gatherings of more than 500 people should not take place from Monday. This measure will help to protect frontline workers like police officers and ambulance staff.