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FIGHTING BACK Sweeping new emergency coronavirus laws including power to arrest sick people...

•, Natasha Clark

NHS staff and police will have the power to detain people for up to 24 hours and force them to be tested for Covid-19.

The sweeping laws give them to power to order them not to attend work or to stay in isolation, or ban them from travelling.

And they will face a £1000 fine if they don't comply.

The 329-page bill will allow for more phone and video hearings in court so the justice system can keep going.

Officials will be able to suspend all plane and ship arrivals at airports or ports or there aren't enough staff to maintain border security.

Morgues could be expanded and inquests stripped back in order to try and deal with extra deaths.

It also enacts pension changes so retired doctors and nurses can come back into the NHS easily without their retirement cash suffering.

The emergency powers will be able to be "switched on" and "switched off" if and when needed - for up to two years.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We are doing everything we can to protect lives and support the NHS, guided by the best scientists and clinicians in the world.