Tinder issues coronavirus warning telling users to 'avoid touching'

A DATING app has issued some unexpected advice for would-be couples looking to swipe right for romance.

Those looking for love should forget sealing the deal or even getting a goodnight kiss – after after Tinder bosses urged daters to 'keep their distance' due to coronavirus.

In a first for the popular app, which boasts some 50 million users worldwide, users are being directed to a World Health Organisation webpage about the illness.

The warning, which appears as a pop-up as users swipe for matches, reads: "Your wellbeing is our #1 priority.

"Tinder is a great place to meet new people.

"While we want you to have fun, protecting yourself from the coronavirus is more important."

Anyone using the app is urged to wash their hands frequently, carry hand sanitiser, avoid touching their face and maintain a social distance during gatherings – all activities which don't usually indicate great passion.

Facebook and Twitter also have information pages for anyone searching for information about coronavirus.

It comes after more than 94,000 people around the world were infected with the virus.

Coronavirus cases in Britain have soared to 85 after the biggest 24-hour spread in the illness so far.

In worrying news, three of the new cases involve patients infected with the disease within the UK.

Fears of transmission are so great in badly-hit Italy, where 80 have died from 2,502 confirmed cases, amorous couples could be banned from kissing.

The contagious virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through coughs and sneezes, just like colds and the flu.

Scientists studying the illness say victims can catch it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

However, it is not thought that this is the main way the virus spreads.

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