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Covid-19: Police granted access to details of people told to self-isolate by Test and Trace

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Police have been granted access to the details of people who have been told to self-isolate by the Test and Trace.

The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed tonight that the information will be shared with the police on a ‘case-by-case’ basis.

The Test and Trace information will assist the police in the enforcement of individuals who fail to self-isolate.

Officers will be granted access to the names and address of people who should be self-isolating if enforcement action is required for failing to self-isolate.

It was made a legal requirement for those who have tested positive for Covid-19 and their close contacts to self-isolate when formally notified to do so.

The information will provide officers to access to a case-by-case enabling information that will allow the officers to know if a specific individual has been notified to self-isolate.

Anyone who receives a positive result for COVID-19 is currently required to isolate for 10 days after displaying symptoms – or 10 days after receiving their result if asymptomatic.

Which also means people within the same household must also isolate for 14 days.

Failure to comply with these legal requirements could lead to a fine from £1000 for the first offences which can increase to £10,000 for repeated offences.

The Test and Trace team can now also pass details of people they know have failed to self-isolate “without reasonable justification” to be passed on to the local police.

Which could lead to enforcement action being taken against the person and include a fine.

Officers are now able to request information relating to positive Covid-19 tests from the NHS Test & Trace programme for someone who is not complying with the mandatory self-isolation period.

The offence will be dealt with by officers as a Fixed Plenity Notice.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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