Councils could bulldoze homes and crush cars contaminated with coronavirus to stop second wave

COUNCILS could bulldoze homes and crush cars contaminated with coronavirus to stop a second wave of the deadly bug.

There are special laws which allow councils to take extreme measures to prevent a sudden spike in cases and deaths related to the pandemic.

Councils could bulldoze homes and crush cars contaminated with coronavirus

Under the Public Health (Control of Disease Act) 1984, councils will be able to destroy buildings to protect the public.

“Local authorities can make an application to a Justice of the Peace in the Magistrates’ Court to impose restrictions or requirements to close contaminated premises; close public spaces in the area of the local authority; detain a conveyance or movable structure; disinfect or decontaminate premises; or order that a building, conveyance or structure be destroyed,” the law states.

Factories or aged care homes where coronavirus clusters have broken out could be demolished by councils if they are deemed unsafe.

Local councils may also ask ministers for support in closing schools or limiting attendance, cancelling or restricting organised events or to close buildings.

SECOND WAVE WARNING

A second coronavirus peak could hit the UK in December unless the test and trace program is ramped by September, a new study has warned.

Researchers from UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has said if close contacts of coronavirus cases keep falling through the gaps, kids returning to school could cause a second wave.

The study looked at an “optimistic” scenario of 68 per cent of contacts of new coronavirus cases being traced and told to self isolate.

But one of the authors Chris Bonnell, a professor of public health and LSHTM said the Government current system only had “about 50 per cent coverage”.

He said: “Our findings suggests that it might be possible (to avoid) a secondary epidemic wave in the UK, if enough people with symptomatic infection can be diagnosed and their contacts traced and effectively isolated.

“Reopening schools fully in September, alongside reopening workplaces in society, without an effective test, trace, isolating (TTI) strategy could result in a second wave.”

A second wave could be between 2.3 times worse than the first spike in infections – and could hit the UK by December, the study said.

The revelation about homes potentially being bulldozed comes as baffling new Northern lockdown rules are introduced.

Couples who do not live together can have sex in a hotel, campsite or B&B but not in their homes, gardens, sheds or houseboats, according to emergency coronavirus restrictions.

The new rules were signed into law on Monday – banning 4.5 million people from going to each other’s homes.

They also mean all amateur football matches, five-a-sides and even training sessions are banned.

Northerners face fines of up to £3,200 if they break the local lockdown rules.

Police now have the power to enforce the new rules, which apply to all the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

The exceptions include if the meeting is for work or education purposes, to provide emergency assistance or to facilitate a house move.

Anyone not respecting the rules will commit an offence and can be fined.

Fines will start at £100 for a first offence, but the amount will be halved if paid within fourteen days.

The amount will rise up to £3,200 for multiple offences.

The new legislation gives a ‘relevant person’, for example a constable, the power to disperse gatherings, tell people to return home or remove someone from a gathering.