Low-income workers will get £182 to self-isolate in local lockdown areas

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LOW income workers will be given £182 to self-isolate in local lockdown areas, Matt Hancock has announced

Eligible people who test positive for Coronavirus or told to stay home by Test and Trace will be handed a £130 for their 10-day period of self-isolation.

Matt Hancock announced a new payment scheme for low-income workers who need to self-isolate

And members of their household, who have to self-isolate for 14 days, will be entitled to a payment of £182.

The new scheme will be rolled out to Blackburn, Pendle, and Oldham from next week.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The British public have already sacrificed a great deal to help slow the spread of the virus.

“Self-isolating if you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have come into contact with someone who has, remains vital to keeping on top of local outbreaks.

“This new payment scheme will help people on low incomes and who are unable to work from home to continue playing their part in the national fight against this virus.”

Meanwhile ministers and medics are expected to slap Switzerland onto the quarantine list today.

They are also monitoring the situation in the Czech Republic and Jamaica.

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