News 16 March 2020
Author: Courtney W

Public Face Jail Or £1000 Fine For Refusing Coronavirus Tests & Quarantine

16 March 2020

As coronavirus continues to spread across the UK, the government are seeking to strengthen measures to reduce the impact of the infection.

Authorities are reportedly due to announce emergency powers later this week which will enable police to jail or fine people £1,000 if they refuse to be tested for the virus.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which is available on the government website, says people can be taken into isolation in a secure hospital or any other suitable location for 14 days by a constable. If a person leaves before the isolation period is up, they could be arrested and taken into custody.

Those being tested for the virus must also give consent for giving blood and having their throat and nose swabbed.

Failure to comply with restrictions could result in a fine of £1,000, or imprisonment if the fine cannot be paid.

News of the new measures comes after the death toll related to coronavirus in the UK reached 35, with the number of those being infected stands at 1,391.