Police are being granted access to the details of people told to self-isolate by the federal government’s Test and Trace scheme, Sky News has learnt.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed it had “agreed a memorandum of understanding with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC)” to present forces with the data on a “case-by-case foundation”.
In an announcement, a spokesman told Sky News: “It is a authorized requirement for people who’ve examined constructive for COVID-19 and their shut contacts to self-isolate when formally notified to achieve this.
“The DHSC has agreed a memorandum of understanding with the NPCC to allow police forces to have access on a case-by-case foundation to data that permits them to know if a particular particular person has been notified to self-isolate.
“The memorandum of understanding ensures that data is shared with applicable safeguards and in accordance with the regulation. No testing or well being knowledge is shared on this course of.”
Anyone who receives a constructive end result for COVID-19 is at the moment required to isolate for 10 days after displaying signs – or 10 days after receiving their end result if asymptomatic.
Members of the particular person’s family should additionally isolate for 14 days.
Failure to adjust to these authorized necessities can lead to a high quality starting at £1,000 for first offences, and to £10,000 for repeat offences and critical breaches of the regulation.