Government considering ‘all sorts of policies’ to enforce Covid-19 lockdowns

The Government is considering “all sorts” of policies to try and help people stick to Covid-19 and self-isolation rules, Environment Secretary George Eustice has said.

It comes as reports suggest ministers are considering paying £500 to everyone who tests positive for Covid.

Health officials are understood to have drawn up the proposals amid concern that just one in six people with symptoms are coming forward for tests because some fear a positive result and self-isolation would cost them too much.

Under the current system, only those on a low income who cannot work from home and are eligible for benefits are entitled to a “support payment” of £500.

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