Boris Johnson’s advisers have warned even stricter social distancing measures could be introduced after Britain’s coronavirus death toll surged by 181 yesterday. Government advisers have said more stringent rules may be rolled out next month if the number of cases continues to rise.
The Prime Minister could decide to mirror the measures introduced in Spain and Italy, where officials have banned exercise outside and introduced fines of up to €3,000 (£2,690) for anyone found breaching the rules.
A senior Government adviser told the Daily Mail that should the number of deaths rise significantly over the next few weeks, “greater enforcement” of social distancing policies would be introduced.
This would include “anything that can be done to push it down further” and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On Friday the number of coronavirus cases in the UK neared 15,000 as the Department of Health confirmed 2,921 new cases of the disease, bringing the total to 14,543 people.
The death toll also saw a dramatic rise, from 578 to 759, Britain’s biggest day-on-day increase to date.
London continues to report the highest number of deaths in the country with almost a third, 246, originating in the capital.
Police have already started to enforce the current lockdown measures, introduced by the Prime Minister on Monday, by using road blocks, drones and helicopters.
Officers have the power to fine anyone in breach of the rules, which stands at £60 – reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.
For anyone found breaching the measures a second time, they will be hit with a £120 fine, rising up to £1,000 for repeat offences.
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