A disabled Shirley man in self-isolation says Boris Johnson "signed his death warrant" by failing to take stronger action against coronavirus.

Jamie Whitehead, 28, lost the ability to use his arms and legs in a car crash ten years ago, which also damaged his lungs, making him particularly vulnerable to respiratory infections.

On hearing the Prime Minister's address last week, he felt "betrayed" by the man he had voted for in December's election, as Johnson outlined the Government's initial "mitigation" approach.

Mr Whitehead, who requires 24-hour nursing care, said: "In lending my vote to Boris, I have signed my own death warrant.

"When he said prepare to lose your loved ones, it sounded like he was just accepting that the weak and the old were going to die.

"It made me feel like my life isn’t valued, like I'm not part of this world. I’ve always tried to fit in like a normal person, then basically you’re treated as nothing.

"Having voted for Boris, liking him as a bit of a Winston Churchill character, I was expecting to hear a rallying speech, rather than 'run, hide and if you don't hide well enough you're going to die'".

Last week the Government chose not to implement a number of measures already adopted in other European countries to contain the spread of coronavirus, against the advice of the World Health Organisation.

Boris Johnson warned that "many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time."

Mr Whitehead, who participates in a number of youth work projects, says the Government should have followed the lead of other countries attempting to suppress the virus as much as possible.

He added: "They should have taken the same approach as any other country and shut everything down. Now it’s just got too large to contain.

"The district nurses who come to visit me aren’t even supplied with masks. None of them want to come round without them, but they can’t get them.

"Everytime they come in it’s a worry whether they’ve caught it or not. They want to get tested, but they can’t."

Yesterday the Government seemed to change tact following the publication of a new scientific report, advising the public avoid any non-essential public gatherings and for vulnerable people to self-isolate for up to 12 weeks.

"I still don't think there's any difference," Mr Whitehead said.

"It's just advice. While they are dragging it out a bit longer, there's no guarantee people's behaviour will change."

A World Health Organisation special envoy on the coronavirus welcomed the Government's decision to advise greater social distancing to tackle the pandemic.

England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer has insisted the stricter measures to tackle the coronavirus had not been introduced too late.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam told the BBC: "We are following the science very carefully and consider the measures we announced yesterday have been announced at the right time - not too early and certainly not too late.

"We don't rule out taking further measures if these are necessary but much of this depends on how the next two weeks play out."