With 4,422 new Covid-19 cases and 27 deaths reported on Saturday, Covid-19 infections are increasing again in England as a second wave and new measures apply. The new legal duty requires people to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus, or are traced as a close contact, from 28 September. Those on lower incomes will receive a one-off £500 support payment. This will initially affect up to four million people who cannot work from home in England, the government said. People who refuse an order to self-isolate could be fined up to £10,000, the government has said. Up until now, advice to self-isolate has been guidance only. Those attracting the highest penalties are described as including those who stop other people from self-isolating, such as an employer who insists a staff member comes to work in violation of an order.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the best way to fight the virus was for everyone to follow the rules. “We need to do all we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected, and to protect the NHS and save lives”, he said. NHS Test and Trace will make regular contact with those isolating to check compliance. The measures will be enforced by police and local authorities. It was observed that delays in delivering test results can affect how quickly the contacts of infected people isolate, even if they want to.