A homeless person is seen enjoying the sunshine on a bench nearby Westminster Pier Thames Clippers on Tuesday morning, March 24, 2020. Homeless people are at particular risk of contracting the coronavirus with the systems that care for them poorly equipped to handle a major outbreak. Vigilant hygiene can prevent transmission, health experts say, but that is likely to be a challenge for people living without homes. Hundreds of homeless people in London are being housed in hotels to self-isolate to provide them with "vital protection" from the coronavirus, the city's mayor, Sadiq Khan, announced. Three hundred rooms have been made available in two hotels for the next 12 weeks, the mayor's office said in a statement. An estimated 320,000 people are homeless in the UK, according to the latest research by Shelter. This equates to one in every 201 Brits and was an increase of four per cent on the previous year's number.