İrem UZUN -TDO- People in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19, risking increased fines if they fail to do so, the UK government has announced. The fines will start at £1,000 and could increase to up to £10,000. The higher fines will be for repeat offences and "egregious breaches" such as preventing others from self-isolating, the UK government said in a statement.
Under the new rules, self-quarantining is mandatory by law from 28 September for people who test positive or whom the National Health Service (NHS) asks to self-isolate. “The best way we can fight this virus is by everyone following the rules and self-isolating if they are at risk of passing on the virus,” the British Prime Minister said in a statement. “And so, nobody underestimates just how important this is, new regulations will mean you are legally obliged to do so if you have the virus or have been asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace,” he added.
Hours after the announcement, Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned new national COVID-19 restrictions would be needed if that’s what’s necessary to control the virus. “If people break the rules, we are more likely to introduce national measures... We have to be prepared to take action. I don’t rule it out and I don’t want to see it,” he said. Hospital admissions were doubling every eight days in the country, he added.