Neighbours urged to call police on Covid self-isolation cheats

- THE TELEGRAPH - Sep 28, 2020 -

Gordon Rayner -

NHS staff carry out Coronavirus tests at a testing facility in Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln CREDIT: PA

Neighbours are being encouraged by the Government to report Covid sufferers who are not self-isolating to the police, on the day it becomes an offence punishable with a fine of up to £10,000.

Police will also conduct spot checks in areas with high infection rates and in high-risk groups.

The news comes amid concerns that people are becoming increasingly fatigued by lockdown measures and suggestions by Boris Johnson that the virus is spreading because people are not abiding by the rules.

The new legal duty to self-isolate, which comes into force on Monday, covers anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus or has been contacted by NHS test and trace and told to stay at home.

Like other coronavirus restrictions, it has not been subject to a vote in Parliament, and the Prime Minister has been warned that he faces "certain" defeat in Parliament this week if he refuses demands to give MPs more of a say.

Up to 100 Tory MPs are now said to be ready to back a proposed amendment to the Coronavirus Act, tabled by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, which would force ministers to give Parliament a vote on future measures.

They believe the Government will back down if the Speaker selects the amendment for a vote, and party whips are said to have abandoned any attempt to bring the rebels into line.


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