Coronavirus: Tougher fines come into effect as self-isolation requirements passed


New restrictions and increased fines for do not self-isolate enter into force in parts of the UK on Monday.

People all over England now face a fine of up to £ 10,000 for breach, instruction now legally required, to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus or are contacted by the test and trace service.

New fines for law breakers start at £ 1,000 and increase to £ 10,000 for repeat offenders or serious offenses.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 will also be fined if they knowingly provide false information about close contacts to the testing and traceability service.

Staff at a coronavirus testing center for NHS staff in Gateshead. Credit: PA Images

The Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) has warned that starting Monday, police will check for compliance in high-impact areas and high-risk groups based on “local intelligence.”

Labor believes people are bewildered, however, by the evolution of available public health advice and information – leaving many vulnerable to fines.

Some fear people will avoid getting tested to find out if they have coronavirus – or get a false positive result – to make sure they don’t have to self-isolate and risk the financial penalty.

“I think if people willfully and willfully ignore the rules, of course we will want to see firm action and have these people prosecuted,” said Kate Green, secretary of Shadow Education at ITV News.“However, I wouldn’t want people to be dissuaded from taking a test, from saying that they are going to have to self-isolate because they fear if they make a mistake, if they are going to impose a huge fine or, elsewhere, lose wages, and we know the government is supporting it, financial support for people who have to take time off work to isolate themselves is not really enough.

Labor MP Kate Green speaks to ITV News:

“It’s important that people follow the rules, yes, it’s important that people don’t deliberately ignore those rules – there are consequences – but there is an important balance.

“I think people are really confused about the rules because of their constant changes, directions and what’s going on in different parts of the country.

“We have to say that the government needs to make it a lot clearer for people because that will help us all follow the rules that we should.

Cardiff and Swansea will go into lockdown on Sunday at 6 p.m. Credit: PA Images

High-profile and “blatant” non-compliance will be investigated and prosecuted, while action will be taken on “third party” reports of people who have tested positive but are not self-sufficient. -insulating, added the DHSC.

Under the new rules in England, wedding ceremonies will also be limited to 15 people from Monday.

Health Minister Helen Whately said the government could not rule out further restrictions if coronavirus infections continued to rise.

“We don’t want to introduce more restrictions, but of course we keep a constant eye on what’s going on with Covid rates and we’ve seen these trends on the rise in recent weeks,” she told Sky News.

“This is the moment when we have an opportunity, we have a choice as a country to take it back under control.

“We have to break these chains of transmission. This is how we lower the rates. We’ve seen them come back up for the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, three other council areas in South Wales will be put on local lockdown from 6 p.m. Monday, the Welsh government said.

Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan will be covered by the restrictions, meaning people will not be able to enter or exit the areas without a reasonable excuse.

They will not be able to meet inside people with whom they do not live, extended households being suspended.

Restrictions are already in place in Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taff.

This means that more than half of Wales’ population is now in some form of localized lockdown, with the majority of the south of the country under tighter restrictions.

Daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 in UK Credit: PA Graphics

It comes after the mixing of households bans came into effect in parts of England.

Restrictions in Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds were all tightened on Saturday, while stricter rules are already in place in large parts of North West England, West Yorkshire, the North East and the Midlands , as well as in parts of western Scotland.

New restrictions in three parts of Wales mean that around 17.8 million people across the UK will be living under additional coronavirus measures by Monday evening – in addition to those announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

It comes as the daily increase in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in UK reached 5,693. While 17 other people had died within 28 days after testing positive for coronavirus on Sunday.

People in Soho after pubs and restaurants were subject to a 10pm curfew. Credit: Images by Yui Mok / PA

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government “would not hesitate” to introduce new measures if the number of cases continues to rise.

He added: “Anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it.

“We all have a crucial role to play in reducing the number of new infections and protecting our loved ones.

“As cases increase, it is imperative that we take action, and we introduce a legal requirement to self-isolate when told to do so, with fines for violations and a new pension payment of £ 500 for low income people who cannot stay at home while self-isolating.

The Covid-19 regulations at a glance. Credit: PA Graphics

“These simple steps can make a huge difference in reducing the spread of the virus, but we will not hesitate to put further measures in place if cases continue to increase.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a Commons defeat on Wednesday as Tory rebels continue to pressure the government to give MPs a chance to vote on the coronavirus measures before they take effect.

Former Conservative chief whip Mark Harper has become the last backbench MP to say he will support the amendment unless ministers back down.

The government has also pledged that an ‘uninterrupted’ supply of personal protective equipment has been promised by the government for healthcare and social service workers in England as coronavirus cases increase.

DHSC said four-month stocks of items such as face masks, visors and dresses will be in place from November.

DHSC said six million people downloaded the NHS Test and Trace app on day one of its launch, and that number had since risen to 10 million by noon on Sunday.

How the NHS contact tracing app works. Credit: PA Graphics

Ministers are also under increasing pressure to review the “hard” 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants amid criticism that the new rules are leading revelers to fill the streets in droves.

Crowds of people were pictured on Saturday evening gathering in city centers and crowding into public transport, as long lines formed outside licenses after sites kicked customers out at 10 p.m. .

But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insisted on Sunday that there was “definitely science” behind the curfew, despite a scientist briefing the government saying he had “never heard” the measure discussed at Sage meetings.

A coronavirus testing center in east London Crédit: Kirsty O’Connor / PA

Mr Dowden also said college students should be able to return home to their families over Christmas if the country “comes together” and abides by the new coronavirus rules.

The government is under pressure to ensure that young people are not confined to their halls of residence during the holiday season due to the Covid-19 epidemics on campuses.

Thousands of students are now self-isolating in their rooms following an increase in the number of cases at institutions such as Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan and Edinburgh Napier.

Students in Scotland have been told they can return home after a long-term stay at university, as long as they follow the rules of self-isolation.

Students tested for Covid-19 after outbreak at University of Glasgow Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA

Meanwhile, a growing number of current and former MPs have asked students whose studies have been disrupted by the pandemic to be offered reimbursement.

Former Transport Minister George Freeman joined Conservative Education Select Committee Chairman Robert Halfon and former Labor Education Minister Lord Adonis on Sunday in demanding compensation for the students who were forced to isolate themselves.

Mr Freeman said BBC universities should “seriously consider” offering students “reduced fees if they don’t get the full experience.”

The appeals come after the University of Glasgow said on Saturday it would reimburse all students in halls of residence a month’s rent, along with a payment of £ 50 for food, after an outbreak of cases.


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