The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK now totals 3,269 with 144 deaths, the Department of Health has just confirmed.
This comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: We can beat this invisible enemy, the tide can be turned in the Coronavirus fight within the next twelve weeks.
The Coronavirus Bill has just been published in the last 2 hours. The Bill now allows the police, public health officials and Immigration officers, to order anyone believed to be infected, to undergo testing for Coronavirus.
Up to £1,000 fine for anyone refusing to test
The Coronavirus Bill gives sweeping powers to the police and public health officials, to detain anyone suspected of having Covoronavirus who refuses necessary tests. Anyone refusing a test can be fined £1,000 under the emergency powers, under the Coronavirus Bill.
The Bill permits public health officers, to order anyone believed to be infected, to undergo, within 14 days screening and testing for Coronavirus. Anyone suspected of having the Coronavirus will be required under the Bill, to provide travel history and biological specimen.
Powers to force isolation
All three apparatus of the Government will have the power to force potentially infected people to isolate, limit there activities and contact with other people.
The Bill allows police officers, including immigration officers powers to send people for screening and testing. They have powers under the Bill to hold a suspected person for a limited period so, a public health official for the examination can process them.
The Bill gives officials the power to deal with anyone suspected of Coronavirus who:
1. Absconds while being moved to be tested.
2. Provides false information to officials.
3. Obstructing anyone trying to implement the restrictions.
Further powers to deal with food supply
The Coronavirus Bill provides the Government with more effective powers to intervene if it suspects anyone is interrupting the distribution of food.
Funeral directors streamlined
The function of funeral directors has been streamlined. Funeral directors will now be able to register deaths and cause of death certificates to registrars electronically. The says: “remove the need for a second confirmatory medical certificate for the cremation to take place”.
Author: Marc Attwater
Date: 27th of March 2020
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