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Police will have access to test and trace data of people told to self-isolate

People who have been told to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace could have their contact details shared with police.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHCS) said police forces will have access « on a case-by-case » basis to information, enabling them to know if an individual has been told to self-isolate.

It comes as the DHSC updated its online guidance on Friday about how coronavirus testing data will be handled.

People who fail to self-isolate « without reasonable justification » could have their name, address and contact details passed on to their local authority and then to the police, the DHSC’s website said.

« This may lead to enforcement action being taken against you, which could include you being fined, » the online guidance said.

« A police force may request information relating to positive Covid-19 tests from the NHS Test & Trace programme directly, where they are investigating a report of someone who may not be complying with the mandatory self-isolation period, »

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) reported that the office of England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, feared the move would put people off from being tested.

People in England are legally required to self-isolate if they test positive for Covid-19.

Those who fail to do so face fines starting at £1,000 and increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offenders or serious breaches, the DHSC said.



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