The British Government, on Monday introduced emergency powers, including forcible quarantine, in response to the “imminent threat” from the novel coronavirus that has infected at least 40,000 people worldwide.
The British Government had already confirmed four more infections with the virus in Britain on Monday, bringing the total to eight.
The Secretary of Health, Matt Hancock, had made regulations to ensure that the public were protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus.
Hancock, however, declared that the coronavirus epidemic constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health, and the measures outlined in these regulations were considered as an effective means of delaying/preventing further transmission of the virus.
The Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, said that the four new cases in Britain were all known contacts of a previously confirmed UK case, and the virus was passed on in France.
Whitty was apparently referring to a British man who was infected in Singapore and passed the virus to others after travelling to a ski chalet in France.
Several British citizens have also been infected in China and on a cruise ship off Japan.