Coronavirus: Over $12,000 fine for Britons who break COVID-19 self-isolation rules

UK’s PM Johnson during a visit to the Jenner Institute in Oxford, central England, on September 18, 2020, where he met scientists who are leading the covid-19 vaccine research. (AFP)

British people who break new rules requiring them to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 will face a fine of up to 10,000 pounds ($12,914), Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday.

“People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines,” Johnson said in a statement.

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The new rules will come into force on September 28, and some low-income workers will receive government support worth 500 pounds if they suffer a loss of earnings, the government said.

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On Saturday, the UK reported 4,422 new daily cases of COVID-19, 100 more new cases than on Friday and the highest daily total since May 8.

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Last Update: Sunday, 20 September 2020 KSA 10:06 - GMT 07:06