The British authorities will pay £500 to low-income citizens who will face the need to go to self-isolation due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The UK Health Minister, Matt Hancock, stated.
According to him, the payment will be one-time, and employers who refuse to self-isolate this category of citizens will be fined. The Minister said that this scheme would be applied in England, but the authorities in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland will have access to funding for similar programs.
For violators of the self-isolation regime, fines of £1,000 are provided. In the case of repeated violation, the fine will be increased to £10,000.
The chief adviser to the British Prime Minister for science, Patrick Vallance, said that the number of cases of coronavirus infection in the Kingdom by mid-October could reach 50 thousand per day. Now, according to him, the number of COVID-19 infections in the country doubles every seven days. By mid-November, 200 people could be dying every day in Britain, he suggested.
“Therefore, the task is to avoid doubling the number of cases every seven days. Measures are already being taken that are expected to slow this growth and prevent us from entering this exponential growth, and also avoid facing the problems that you might have predicted as a result. It takes speed, and it takes action,” Vallance said.
He said that about 8% of the country’s population (about 3 million people) could be infected with the virus and has antibodies. “This means that the vast majority of us are not protected in any way and are susceptible to this disease,” the adviser added.
On September 18, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that COVID-19 Could not be avoided. “Now, we see the approach of the second wave. We’ve seen it in France, Spain, all over Europe. I’m afraid it is inevitable that we will see this in our country,” he said.
Johnson noted that he does not want to declare the second lockdown in the Kingdom and stop the economy. In this regard, according to him, the government will consider the option of strengthening restrictive measures that have not yet been completely canceled.
According to the British Ministry of health, on September 21, 398 625 cases of coronavirus infection were detected. The victims of COVID-19 became 41 788.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University, in the UK, the coronavirus was diagnosed in 401 122 people, and 41 877 patients died.