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Coronavirus: Mass gatherings to be banned under government plans to combat COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus: Mass gatherings to be banned under government plans to combat COVID-19 spread Coronavirus: Mass gatherings to be banned under government plans to combat COVID-19 spread

The UK government is planning to introduce emergency laws next week to ban mass gatherings of more than 500 people in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

A Whitehall source said the government has drafted emergency legislation to stop mass gatherings and compensate organisations.

 

The laws could also give police and immigration officers the power to detain people if they are suspected of being infected and the ability to direct schools to stay open, The Times reported.

The newspaper said the laws could remain in place for two years.

 Key Points

  • The London Marathon is among a number of sporting events cancelled
  • Anyone entering New Zealand will have to self-isolate for 14 days
  • US President Donald Trump has declared the outbreak a national emergency
  • More than 145,000 cases and almost 5,500 deaths have been declared worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University
  • Italy recorded 250 cases in a day, bringing its total to almost 18,000

So far, ministers have resisted a move to ban mass gatherings even though some major sporting events including the London Marathon and all Premier League matches have already been postponed.

Source: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-mass-gatherings-to-be-banned-under-government-plans-to-combat-covid-19-spread-11957350

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