‘The government is set to introduce emergency legislation next week which would see a ban on large gatherings. Alongside that, police could be handed powers to detain suspected virus victims ‘for a limited period’ if necessary to stop them spreading the infection. There could also be new powers to close ports if immigration and border staff fall sick with the disease.
Councils are also likely to be able to lower standards in care homes to deal with staff shortages. And further measures are expected to be announced to speed up burials and cremations to cope with the ‘worst case scenario.’ Ministers believe the virus will infect the majority of the country and the laws will stay in place for two years, according to the Times.’