UK imposing fines of up to $13,000 for not self-quarantining

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Residents of the United Kingdom who don’t self-quarantine after testing positive for the novel coronavirus could soon find themselves with $13,000 fines.

According to The Associated Press, government officials will be fining individuals up to $13,000, or 10,000 pounds, for not self-quarantining after testing positive under a new order set to take effect at the end of the month.

The rule would also apply to those who are exposed to infected individuals, the news agency reports.

The news comes a day after protesters in London clashed with police during a rally opposing coronavirus restrictions.

The country recently implemented a measure barring social gatherings larger than six people in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, amid an uptick in cases.

On Saturday, the United Kingdom recorded its highest number of daily cases of the disease since May, reporting over 4,420 cases. 

Amid the rising cases, The New York Times reports the country is looking at implementing a second shutdown to combat the flareup.

“There’s no question, as I’ve said for several weeks now, that we could expect and we are now seeing a second wave coming in,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.

“I don’t think anybody wants to go into a second lockdown, but clearly when you look at what is happening, you’ve got to wonder whether we need to go further than the rule of six that we brought in on Monday,” he also said.

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