COVID-19: UK to pay low-income residents to self-isolate

The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Boris Johnson set to pay low-income residents of Britain to self-isolate
Emeh Joy

The United Kingdom, in a bid to step up its measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic will be paying low-income residents to self-isolate if they confirm or suspect they have been infected with the coronavirus.

The new policy comes right after opposition politicians urged the government to introduce a payment scheme as they raised concerns that some people are not complying with the health protocols because they cannot afford to stay off work.

According to the British government, individuals who test positive for the virus will receive 130 pounds for ten days of self-isolation. Other members of the same family who self-isolate for 14 days will receive 182 pounds.

The payment will be made available to people via the welfare payments known as Universal Credit or Working Tax Credits.

The scheme will first be given a trial in Blackburn, Pendle and Oldham, places that had experienced higher local lockdown restrictions as they had higher rates of the virus.

Matt Hancock, the Health Minister, said;

"The British public have already sacrificed a great deal to help slow the spread of the virus. Self-isolating if you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have come into contact with someone who has, remains vital to keeping on top of local outbreaks".

The United Kingdom has recorded more than 65,000 deaths resulting from coronavirus, according to the governments' statistics office.

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