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Coronavirus Emergency Bill Introduced – UK

2020-03-23

The UK Government unveiled its Coronavirus Emergency Bill, A legislation that would give sweeping new powers to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The legislation would minimize disruption and safeguard key industries and the temporary and proportionate emergency powers would allow ministers to take the right action at the right time.

Keeping in mind the gravity of the pandemic and the need to take stringent measures to curb the same, the Bill has empowered -

  • Police, immigration and public health officers to detain those who they suspect as being infected with COVID19.
  • Police to order suspected or potentially infected persons to practice isolation, social distancing, restrict their travel and other activities with other people.
  • Provision made for emergency volunteers who will be adequately compensated by the state for their loss of income.
  • A fine of Euro 1,000 from those denying to undergo requisite testing.

There are major 5 ingredients of the legislation

  • Containing and slowing the virus,
  • Easing legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Enhancing capacity and flexible deployment of staff across essential services,
  • Managing deceased
  • Supporting and protecting public.

 

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