Coronavirus: Man arrested on Isle of Man for failing to self-isolate

Panorama of Douglas on the Isle of Man. Douglas, Isle of Man.

A man has been arrested on the Isle of Man for allegedly failing to self-isolate in line with precautions to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Police on the British crown dependency said the man, reported to be 26, was arrested after failing to stick to self-isolation laws and is in a specially-cleaned area.

In a statement, the force said: “Since Tuesday night, everyone arriving on the Isle of Man has been required to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they're not showing symptoms of Covid-19.

It added: “Officers are urging the public to follow the government's guidance and think about the safety of the community.”

In a twitter post, the force said it would update on what had happened to the man later on Friday but he remained in the specially-cleaned area.

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The Isle of Man passed emergency legislation on Tuesday which requires people to self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive on the island, even if they show no symptoms.

Failure to do so could result in a prison sentence or a £10,000 fine.

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On Friday authorities confirmed the case of coronavirus on the Isle of Man.

In a statement, the Isle of Man Government said: “A patient on the island has tested positive for coronavirus.

“The patient had recently returned to the Isle of Man from a trip to Spain.

“The public health team has been in touch with the patient to provide advice and support, and will start contact tracing.”