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Understanding the UK’s “Coronavirus Bill”

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In order to effectively cope with and respond to the threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the British government will propose a series of emergency laws to the House of Commons this week.

Known as the Coronavirus Bill, these changes in legislation are considered essential in supporting the government and public in their efforts to prevent the spread of the disease and ‘protect lives.’ Each clause will need to be activated individually by the governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and can be disabled when no longer relevant. Intended to span two years at the most, the proposed legislation will be enforced depending on the threat of Coronavirus and the condition of and strain on public services.

Read on to find out about some of the key elements of the emergency Coronavirus Bill which aim to contain, delay, research and mitigate and fall under five key categories:

In order to do so, the following legislative measures have been proposed:

Words: Siobhan Ali

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