Parts of the UK will go into effect on Monday new local bans, further restrictions and harsh new fines for not self-isolating.
People across England will be legally required to self-isolate starting this week if they test positive for coronavirus or are contacted by the testing and tracking service.
If they fail to do so, they run the risk of new fines starting at £ 1,000 and rising to £ 10,000 for repeat offenders or serious violations, according to the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC).
Individuals who test positive for Covid-19 will also be fined for knowingly providing false information about close contact with the testing and tracking service.
The DHSC said the police would review compliance in the areas with the highest incidence and risk groups based on “local information”.
High-profile and “tremendous” violations are being investigated and prosecuted, while action is being taken against indications from “third parties” on those who test positive but do not self-isolate, the DHSC added.
However, people on low incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result, can also receive a new Test and Trace Support payment of £ 500.
According to new rules in England, wedding ceremonies are also limited to 15 people.
In the meantime, three other municipal areas in South Wales will be locked on site from 6 p.m. on Monday, the Welsh government has announced.
Under Port Talbot, Torfaen and the Glamorgan Valley are covered by the restrictions, which means people cannot enter or leave the areas without a reasonable apology.
They cannot hang out with someone they do not live with indoors as extended households are suspended.
Daily Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 in the UK (PA Graphics)
Restrictions are already in place in Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
It comes after household mixing bans went into effect on Saturday in Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds, while parts of western Scotland are already stricter in much of the Northwest of England, West Yorkshire, the Northeast and the Midlands.
The new restrictions in three areas of Wales mean an estimated 17.8 million people across the UK will be living under additional coronavirus measures by Monday evening, on top of those announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The government said there had been an additional 5,693 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. Another 17 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Sunday.
People in Soho after pubs and restaurants had a 10 p.m. curfew (Yui Mok / PA Images).
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government would “not hesitate” to take further action if the number of cases continues to rise.
He added, “Anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it.
“We all play a crucial role in keeping the number of new infections low and protecting our loved ones.
“When cases arise, it is imperative that we take action and we are introducing a legal obligation to self-isolate if asked to, with fines for violations and a new support payment of £ 500 for those on lower incomes, who cannot work at home while self-isolating.
Covid-19 regulations at a glance (PA Graphics).
“These simple steps can make a huge difference in reducing the spread of the virus, but we won’t hesitate to take further action if the cases continue to increase.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a Commons defeat on Wednesday as Tory rebels continue to urge the government to give MPs the chance to vote on coronavirus measures before they go into effect.
Conservative former Whip chief Mark Harper was the youngest backbencher to say he would support the amendment if ministers don’t step down.
The government has also pledged that the government has promised “uninterrupted” supplies of personal protective equipment for health and welfare workers in England as coronavirus cases rise.
The DHSC announced that supplies of items such as face masks, visors and clothing will be available for four months from November.
The DHSC said six million people had downloaded the NHS test and trace app on the first day of its launch, and that number had since grown to 10 million by Sunday noon.
How the NHS Contact Tracking (PA Graphics) app works.
Ministers are also under increasing pressure to review the 10pm “hard” curfew in pubs, bars and restaurants, criticizing that the new rules are causing night owls to fill the streets en masse.
On Saturday night, crowds gathered in the city centers and piled on public transport while long queues formed after the venues kicked customers out at 10 p.m.
But culture minister Oliver Dowden insisted on Sunday that the curfew was “definitely science”, even though a government scientist told the government that he had “never heard” the measure discussed at Sage meetings.
Mr Dowden also said college students should be able to return to their families for Christmas if the country “sticks together” and adheres to the new coronavirus rules.
The government is under pressure to ensure that young people are not housed in their dormitories during the holiday season due to Covid-19 outbreaks on campus.
Thousands of students are currently isolating themselves in their rooms after rising cases like Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan and Edinburgh Napier.
Students in Scotland have been told that they can return home from university accommodation on a long-term basis provided they follow the rules of self-isolation.
Meanwhile, more current and former MPs have been calling for reimbursements to be offered to students whose education has been disrupted by the pandemic.
Former Transport Secretary George Freeman, along with Conservative Education Select Committee Chairman Robert Halfon and former Minister for Labor Education Lord Adonis, pushed for compensation for students forced into lockdown on Sunday.
Mr Freeman said the BBC universities should “look seriously” at offering students “reduced fees if they don’t have the full experience”.
The calls come after the University of Glasgow announced on Saturday that it would reimburse all dormitories for a month’s rent as well as a £ 50 payment for groceries following an outbreak of cases.