Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced new restrictions for people in northern, northwest and central England, the most affected. Among these measures, the government introduced mandatory self-confinement, starting September 28, for people who tested positive for Covid-19 or if the National Health Service (NHS) requests it.
“The best way to fight the virus is for everyone to follow the rules and isolate themselves if they run the risk of transmitting the coronavirus“said the prime minister in a statement.” No one should underestimate the importance of these measures, the new rules mean that you are legally obliged to apply them if you have been infected or if the NHS requests it, “he added.
The UK asks people with a positive test to isolate themselves for 10 days. The contact cases, that is, those who live with someone infected or with symptoms, must respect a quarantine of 14 days. If the rules are broken, they will impose fines ranging from 1,000 pounds (almost R $ 7,000 dollars) to 10,000 pounds if there is a recurrence or in the most serious cases.
Companies that threaten to dismiss workers who are not going to work in compliance with the measure will also be fined.
Allowance for needy people
To encourage self-confidence, low-income people can receive a £ 500 allowance if they are unable to work remotely during quarantine.
The United Kingdom was the European country most affected by the pandemic, with almost 42,000 registered deaths, and has faced a rapid increase in the number of new cases in recent weeks. The country registered 4,422 new cases of contamination yesterday, the highest daily number of contagions since May 8.
“We are seeing this in France, in Spain, all over Europe. I fear that it is absolutely inevitable that we will end up seeing this in this country,” insisted Johnson. The British Prime Minister is reluctant, however, to impose a new lockdown in the country.
Health Minister Matt Hancock warned on Sunday (20) that the country had reached a level of dangerous contamination. He said people should make choices to avoid more drastic measures and called on everyone to comply with the new rules.
Some conservative deputies already criticize the measures taken. On Saturday, anti-vaccine and anti-quarantine protesters clashed with police at Trafalgar Square in central London, and 32 people were arrested.
(With information from AFP and Reuters)