March 15, 2020 / 10:31 AM / 23 days ago

UK will have power to order people to quarantine - health secretary

Britain's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock arrives for a weekly cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London, Britain March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will have the power to force people to quarantine if necessary as part of its strategy to fight coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC television on Sunday.

“We are going to take the powers to make sure that we can quarantine people if they are a risk to public health,” he said. “I doubt we will need to use it very much because people are being very responsible and people need to be responsible.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle

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