Coronavirus test and trace to go live TOMORROW and there could be fines for breaking rules, Boris Johnson confirmsMay 27, 2020
As The Sun reported last night, the nation's 25,000 tracers will soon get to work on tracking down coronavirus if it continues to spread across the country.
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Anyone who gets a call from the team of experts will have to isolate for 14 days – even if they have no symptoms themselves.
That will happen if they have come within 2metres of an infected person for longer than 15 minutes.
If anyone has symptoms at all they must order a test by calling 119, or going online.
However, the PM stressed that no one will face fines for breaking the rules – yet.
If they don't comply then he will consider bringing in tough penalties.
And the Government will use "whack-a-mole" tactics to lockdown specific areas if any flare ups occur, he said.
He told MPs this afternoon: "This is our way out, this is our way of defeating the virus, getting our country back on its feet and I think people will want to work together.
"Of course we will keep sanctions on the table and as we develop the system we will review constantly."
The PM admitted that it was a "grave imposition" on the nation but insisted that people have "got to do it" for the good of the nation.
It will only be a "small minority of the population" who will have to isolate, and it would mean the over 66 million people can get on with their day-to-day lives.
However, he did did admit that the "brutal reality" was that Britain had failed to learn the lessons of previous viruses SARS and MERS.
"Unfortunately we did not have capacity in Pubic Health England – we didn't have the enzymes, we just didn't have the volume.
"Nor did we have enough experience trackers ready to mount the kind of operation.
"The brutal reality is this country did not learn the lessons of SARS or MERS and we did not have a test operation ready to go on the scale we needed."
Brits will have to hand over their contact details if they test positive, but no information will be handed over to the police if people break lockdown rules.
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