Neighbors urged to call police on Covid self-isolation tricks

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Neighbors are being encouraged by the government to report people with Covid who do not self-isolate to police, the day it becomes an offense punishable by a fine of up to £ 10,000.Police will also carry out spot checks in areas with high infection rates and in high-risk groups.

The news comes as people grow tired of the lockdown measures and Boris Johnson’s suggestions that the virus is spreading because people don’t play by the rules.

The new legal obligation to self-isolate, which comes into force on Monday, covers anyone who has been tested positive for coronavirus or has been contacted by the NHS testing and tracing and said to stay home.

Like the other coronavirus restrictions, it was not voted on in Parliament, and the Prime Minister has been warned that he risks “some” defeat in Parliament this week if he refuses the demands. to give more weight to deputies.

Up to 100 Tory MPs are now said to be ready to back a proposal to amend the coronavirus law, tabled by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, which would require ministers to vote in the Parliament on future measures.

They believe the government will back down if the Speaker chooses the amendment for a vote, and party whips have reportedly given up on any attempt to put the rebels in the line.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, wrote to all Tory MPs on Sunday to explain why the coronavirus law in its current form was needed, only to be accused of “missing the mark” by rebels who said the government would be in a stronger position if the future Covid measures had the support of Parliament.

The government made it clear on Sunday evening that it would act on the denunciations of third parties who have “identified other people who have tested positive, but who are not isolating themselves.” Sources in Whitehall have confirmed that police should investigate calls made to his non-emergency 101 number.

Among the measures that will be taken to ensure that people obey the rules, the government also cites “the use of police resources to verify compliance in areas of higher incidence and in high risk groups, on local intelligence base ”and“ NHS testing and tracing call managers increasing contact with those who isolate themselves ”.

Earlier this month, the Prime Minister disagreed with his own ministers after saying he was not a fan of “underhand culture”. This was after Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said she would denounce her neighbors if she saw them breaking the “rule of six”.

Ms Patel on Sunday warned people that the police will crack down on those who are reported so as not to self-isolate, saying: ‘These new fines are a clear sign that we will not allow those who break the rules to ‘reverse the rules. – won the progress made by the law-abiding majority. ”

His comments, and the government’s insistence on following up on public denunciations, will be seen as a warning to police forces to enforce the new law, after arguments with police chiefs who had indicated reluctance to devote resources to repression.

It came after Mr Johnson said the military could be called in to help with the response, which police chiefs saw as a direct challenge to their authority.

People who fail to self-isolate can expect to be fined £ 1,000, to £ 10,000 for repeat offenders.

Last week, a joint investigation by King’s College London, University College London and Public Health England found that only one in 10 people contacted by the NHS test and trace had stayed at home for the required 14 days.

Mr Johnson blamed the current increase in infection rates at the public door, saying it was “very difficult to ask the British people to uniformly follow the guidelines in the necessary way”.

If a person receives a positive test result, they are now required by law to self-isolate for 10 days after showing symptoms or after the date of the test, if they are not showing symptoms. The other members of their household must self-isolate for 14 days. People who are contacted by NHS testing and traceability and who are asked to self-isolate are legally obligated to do so.

Mr Hancock warned that if infections continue to rise, “we will not hesitate to put new measures in place.”

Stricter restrictions, including a ban on mixing households indoors and the two-week closure of bars and restaurants, could be imposed in the most affected areas as early as this week, it was claimed on Sunday evening.

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