British citizens who have tested positive for covid-19 and who fail to comply with an order to stay isolated to avoid infecting others will face economic sanctions of up to 10,000 pounds (about 10,690 euros) from next day 28 in England. That is the latest guideline released by the Government of Boris Johnson in a statement released last night, as part of the measures to contain the spread of the virus given the significant increase in daily cases registered in the country, where another 4,422 were registered yesterday, the highest number since May. The latest announcement comes days after the introduction of the so-called “six-person rule,” which vetoes encounters of more than six individuals.
Faced with the increase in contagions, which double every week, Boris Johnson has considered it necessary to tighten the restrictions in order to control the spread of the coronavirus. This new legal requirement will also apply to those who, after having been in contact with infected people, have been located by the Public Health Service (NHS) through its detection and tracking system.
The Conservative government has also provided that citizens with lower incomes who face a loss of earnings as a result of being quarantined will be eligible for government aid of 500 pounds (531 euros).
Although in England these new regulations come into force on the 28th, the London Executive is currently negotiating with the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the possibility of extending the rule to the whole of the country.
The application of fines to those who break quarantines follows the warning made this Saturday by the former scientific adviser of the government Neil Ferguson – crucial when designing the national confinement of last March -, which urged the Executive to introduce more measures “better soon how late “to try to avoid a second wave of the virus.
Additional measures under study
Johnson’s cabinet continues to study whether to enact additional social restrictions, such as advancing the closing time in pubs and restaurants to 9:00 p.m. GMT or prohibiting meetings between members of different households. Johnson admitted last Friday that it seems A second wave of the virus will inevitably reach the UK as a result of how the pandemic has evolved in other European countries, such as France or Spain. “The best way to fight the virus is for everyone to follow the rules and isolate themselves if there is a risk that they could transmit the coronavirus,” said the “premier” when announcing that measure.
“Those who ignore the rules will face significant fines. We have to do everything we can to control the spread of the virus, prevent the most vulnerable from becoming infected and protect the NHS and save lives,” he said.
The fines will start at 1,000 pounds (1,066 euros) and they can scale up to 10,000 and could also be applied to people who prevent others from complying with their quarantine – it would be the case of an employer who requires its workers to go to their job in violation of the norm.