An elderly woman who – according her son – only left her house to visit her local supermarket has died after contracting coronavirus.

Jeff Howes believes that his mother Jean, 87, died from the disease that she must have caught while shopping at Asda.

Concerns have been raised that shoppers trying to stock up for a long period of enforced isolation are clustering too close together as they queue outside supermarkets.

Jeff, 58, has urged the public to pay more attention to government advice about social distancing.

He wrote on Facebook: "Feeling heartbroken, please share this far and wide, we have just lost our lovely mum to the corona virus."

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He continued: "She was 87, the reason I want to post this is because my mum left her house once a week for about an hour, to go shopping.

"So for those people who think they can ignore the governments advice, and go swanning around thinking it won't happen to them, it will.

"If my mum can contract it, in one hour, whilst shopping, then everybody is vulnerable.

"Please please please be sensible, and take care, so more people don't have to go through the heartache that me and my family are going through now. RIP Mum love you."

A huge number of Facebook users has shared the post, with many of them leaving their condolences.

One person wrote: "What a tragedy, how very sad to lose your lovely mum to this awful virus. My condolences to you and your family, stay safe."

Jeff says his mum only left her house four an hour a week to go shopping

Another added: "So glad you wrote this as it crossed my mind to do a quick small shop, sorry for your loss."

A third person said: "So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing to put the point across to isolate."

Jeff is just one of many bereaved relatives who have appealed for the public to take better precautions against spreading COVID-19.

Diane Middleton, from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, implored people to stay indoors after her daughter Chloe died of the disease aged just 21 despite having no underlying medical conditions to weaken her immune system.

Thousands of people responded to Jeff's heartfelt post

She wrote on Facebook: "To all the people out there who think it's just a virus please think again.

"Speaking from a personal experience this so-called virus has taken the life of my 21-year-old daughter."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined stringent measures expected to last for the next three weeks which include people only leaving their home for "essential purposes" – which includes buying essential food, exercising once a day and – for key workers only – going to work.