Brits who refuse to self-isolate could be sent to ‘prison’
It has been revealed that anyone in the UK who refuses to self-isolate, meaning leaving your front door, could face prison or a fine of £1,000.
According to the Telegraph newspaper anyone who even declines to be tested for coronavirus could be forced to do so by the police.
The emergency powers are set be announced within the next week in giving police reasonable force to test people.
Under The Health Protection regulations 2020, anyone suspected of being infected with coronavirus could be held in hospital for up to two weeks.
Furthermore, the regulations state that it si a criminal offence if you do not comply and you could receive a fine of up to £1,000.
The transport secretary, Grant Shapps warned commuters on Monday that due to the rapid decline in people using trains, they could be shut down.
Shapps said if demand falls further then there is a risk trains being cancelled as there is “no point in running ghost trains.”
Last week railways saw a “big drop off” by up to 20% in passenger numbers, Shapps told the BBC’s Today show.
The MP told Radio 4, “A lot of them are in different situations because some, a couple now are effectively run by me, and some are companies.
“We’re working with them all to see what we need to do to sustain them.
“Obviously people still need to be able to travel to an extent.
“Some of that actually is about how many trains are put on the line at any one time.
“It’s quite clearly an exceptional international moment in time, we need to be flexible as a country to react to that.
“We’ll be driven, amongst other things, by the demand.
“There’s no point running ghost trains anymore than running ghost planes.
“Those are conversations, which I said, are ongoing.”
Speaking on flights Shapps said, “This week I’ll be having aviation summits with the airlines.
“I’ll be taking their collective thoughts on the economic and business response committee to work out which measures can and should be taken.
“They’re are clearly right at the forefront of this because global travel has come close to a halt in many areas.”
The prime minister, Boris Johnson is set to announce “further measures” in an announcement to the response of the coronavirus pandemic, on Monday
Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings told Reuters that the government will make further announcements on Monday about the measures it is taking to tackle coronavirus.
“The government will be making further announcements today,” Cummings said when asked about the UK response to the outbreak.
When he was asked why the government have not implemented the stringent measures taken by other European governments, he declined to comment.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now issued travel advice warning people against visiting 35 countries or areas due to restrictions or the risk of quarantine.
Those include China, Italy, Spain, Denmark, USA, Norway, Indonesia, Poland, Kenya, Cyprus, South Africa.
Expert in infectious diseases warns UK of an “apocalypse” over the government’s chief medical officer, Sir Patrick Vallance figures of those who will be infected by the summer.
Professor Francois Balloux, of University College London warned the government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, that his approach to the virus is a “big gamble.”