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Secretary of State announces new measures in response to increase in coronavirus cases.Secretary of State announces new measures in response to increase in coronavirus cases.

Today the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced new measures in England in relation to controlling coronavirus.

This includes:

  • the introduction of a £500 Isolation Support Payment for people on low incomes who can't work because they have tested positive or been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. This will be available to people who are in receipt of benefits. The system for claims will be established by Local Authorities and these are expected to be in place by 12 October, claims can be backdated to 28 September (further information here).
  • the introduction of a legal duty to self-isolate if you have tested positive or been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, backed up by fines ranging from £1,000-£10,000.
  • regular checks on those who are self-isolating.
  • a crack down on businesses who are encouraging staff not to follow self-isolation advice.

The government has also issued a document on the prioritisation of testing available here. It is disappointing that this document makes no reference to the prioritisation of testing for homecare workers. We believe that this is largely based on government's assumption that the prevalence rate of coronavirus transmission amongst our workforce is around the same level as the general population. UKHCA continues to urge government to reconsider its testing strategy.

The Secretary of State's announcement can be found here.

The information on increasing transmission rates presented on 21 September by scientific advisers is also available here.


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