£500 Covid Payment on the cards
Everyone in England who tests positive for Covid-19 could automatically be given £500 as part of plans ministers are reportedly considering to boost quarantine compliance of people staying indoors and not going to work.
Former chief whip Mark Harper, leader of the Covid Research Group of lockdown sceptics, said “Vaccinations will of course bring immunity from Covid, but they must bring immunity from lockdowns and restrictions too.”
The £500 handout scheme would cost up to £453 million per week – 12 times the cost of the current system.
The 16-page document reveals plans to expand eligibility for a £500 Test and Trace support payment as one of four options being considered.
Professor Susan Michie, of the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours said ‘just 18% of people are isolating for the full 10 days, and a payment of £500 is not enough to incentive some people to complete the period.’
Boris Johnson is to hold briefing at 5pm today, recently he stated ‘it’s too early to say if lockdown will end in spring’. He may have more updates on the new scheme to address to the nation later on today.