A new Act giving the UK Government additional powers to tackle the coronavirus emergency has passed into law after being approved by the House of Lords. The Act took just three day to pass through Parliament.
Under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, which will last for two years, ministers, local authorities, police, health professionals and coroners will have new, wider-reaching powers.
The new legislation will also enable increased use of court case video hearings and provide a framework for a host of employment law changes, introduced in response to the virus pandemic.
Further legislation is currently being considered by the Prime Minister, to prevent companies and individuals from profiteering by hoarding supplies and then selling them at inflated prices.