Hundreds of people have said the Government should track peoples’ phones to enforce quarantine following a debate on the Jeremy Vine on 5 show.

People have not held back with their views amid the ongoing lockdown with one going as far to say ‘these covidiots need sorting’.

In recent days, international travel and quarantines have been high on the news agenda. As, from Monday, anyone arriving in the UK from a list of 33 red list countries will be escorted to a hotel and made to quarantine in a room for 10 days under guard, with a cost of £1,750 per person.

And anyone arriving in the UK from a non-red list country will need to quarantine at home, with failure to comply with the rules resulting in anything from a £1,000 fine to 10 years in prison.

SAGE has recommended electronic monitoring to ensure compliance and, in Taiwan, satellites locate handsets and even notify police if you’ve switched yours off.

And this subject was debated in Jeremy Vine yesterday, sparking a big debate – both during the show and afterwards on the show’s social media pages.

One person said: “Having worked in Taiwan throughout this pandemic, the quarantine and tracking peoples’ phones has worked without question to keep total cases below 1,000.

“It’s easy to do and the police text you everyday to check on you. If people want to get control of the virus then this system clearly works.

“And if people think they aren’t being tracked where they go and what they spend their money on already they are crazy.”

And another went as far as saying: “Nothing is too far! These covidiots need sorting and if that’s what it takes, so be it.”

However, not everyone agreed and one person wrote that not everyone should be tarred with the same brush.

One wrote: “We all know the risks, yes some people are idiots, please don’t tar us all with the same brush.

“We do not need to be told how we live our lives, not a good idea, I think people will leave their phones at home.”

And another one agreed: “This is going way too far now! This should definitely be off the table – we talk about us not being a totalitarian state, but this pushes us to being exactly that – what’s next? Welding peoples doors shut?”





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