Coronavirus poses a serious and imminent threat to public health in the UK, the government declared as it introduced new powers to forcibly quarantine people for their own safety.
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Health secretary Matt Hancock said the tougher regulations were “an effective means of delaying or preventing further transmission” of the illness.
His department also designated Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside and Kents Hill Park conference centre as “isolation” facilities.
However the government said that the risk level was still classed as “moderate” and that the new legal measures were designed to “make it easier for health professionals to do their job”.