Boris Johnson tightens restrictions and will punish those who do not comply with the arrival of a second wave.
British citizens who have tested positive for coronavirus and who fail to comply with a warrant stay isolated To avoid infecting others, they will face economic sanctions of up to 10,000 pounds (about 10,690 euros) from September 28 in England.
That is the latest guideline released by the Boris Johnson government in a statement released on Saturday, as part of the measures to contain the spread of the virus given the significant increase in daily cases registered in the country. In the last hours they communicated 4,422 positives, the highest figure since May.
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 Government also ordered that citizens who earn less income and who face a loss of earnings as a result of being quarantined will be eligible for government aid of 500 pounds (531 euros).
Given the increase in infections, which double every week, Boris Johnson considered necessary the tightening of restrictions in order to control the spread of the coronavirus.
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 all of Great Britain.
The application of fines to those who break quarantines follows the warning made this Saturday by former scientific adviser to the government Neil Ferguson – crucial when designing the national lockdown last March – that urged the Executive to introduce more measures “better sooner rather than later” to try to avoid a second wave of the virus.
Johnson’s cabinet continues to study whether to enact additional social restrictions, such as advancing the closing time in pubs and restaurants to 9 p.m. or the prohibition of meetings between members of different households.
Johnson admitted last Friday that a second wave of the virus seems inevitable to 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 everyone follow the rules and isolate themselves if there is a risk that they could transmit the coronavirus, “he said when announcing that measure.” We have to do everything we can to control the spread of the virus, “he said.
The fines will start at 1,000 pounds (1,066 euros) and may escalate 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 his workers to go to their job in violation of the rule-.
The latest announcement comes days after the call was introduced “rule of six people”, which vetoes the encounters of more than six individuals.
With information from EFE.