BRITS will face whopping fines for breaking self-isolation rules as part of new plans to halt the surge in coronavirus cases.
Boris Johnson is drawing up new plans to enforce the strict measure amid mounting fears that people are ignoring advice to stay at home.
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And those who do flout rules could be shopped to police via a new ‘quarantine hotline’.
Research by Sage found that only a QUARTER of people told to self-isolate hadn’t left their homes.
Ministers are also preparing to increase spot checks by public health officials and introduce measures to ensure travellers give their details when they arrive in the UK, The Times reports.
There are concerns many new cases are imported from abroad – and earlier this month, it was revealed airport testing catches just seven per cent of cases and ‘just doesn’t work’.
News of stricter measures comes after a spike in new cases, with positive tests doubling every week in England.
A further 3,539 confirmed cases were confirmed yesterday, the highest daily figure since mid-May – and more than 600 higher than Thursday.
The R rate has soared to 1.7, with Matt Hancock warning the rise – which he says is fuelled by young Brits – justifies the strict new rule of six.
The Health Secretary said: “The pandemic is not over, and everyone has a role to play.
“It’s so important that everyone abides by the law and socialise in groups up to six, make space between you and those outside your household, get a test and self-isolate if you develop symptoms and wash your hands regularly.”
Scientists found infections have rocketed in all Brits under the age of 65 in recent weeks – with those aged between 18 and 24 the most likely to test positive.
Cases are now highest in Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and the North West.
It comes as a surge in Bolton was linked to a clubber who went to Ibiza and failed to isolate on his return, instead throwing a house party.
Layton Migas, 23, returned home on August 20 – but instead of staying indoors, the covidiot went to the shops and hosted a bash for pals.
He’s now been fined £1,000 after Greater Manchester Police learned of the breaches and tracked him down a few days later.
The fine issued to Migas is the highest police can give – but fewer than 40 people have ordered to pay out since the measure was introduced.
Ministers also announced a partial lockdown in Birmingham and two neighbouring boroughs yesterday.
The shutdown affects more than 1.6million people.
This week, the PM announced a series of tough new measures to crackdown on the rise, including a new ban on gatherings of more than six.
One cabinet minister told The Times the measures were ‘illogical and unreasonable’, while Tory MP Steve Baker said they amounted to “arbitrary powers without scrutiny”.
Under existing measures, which are voluntary, people should isolate for up to 14 days if they develop symptoms, live with someone who develops symptoms, gets a positive test or is contacted by someone from NHS Test and Trace.
Those affected shouldn’t leave their homes – even for food or medicine.