Hyderabad: A lengthy post on Facebook claims that the Coronavirus Act in the UK has permission to take out the children of the school to be tested for the Coronavirus without their parents’ or caretakers’ permission or knowledge and detained for 14 days if suspected of having Covid-19. This post notched 72,000 views and 9,700 reactions.

This is for the UK – Legislation link is in the commentsFOR ALL THE CARING PARENTS OUT THERE WHOS KIDS MAYBE GOING…

Posted by Ceri Joy on Tuesday, August 11, 2020


Several other users have posted the same version of the claim.

The archived version is here.

Everybody should be aware of the contents in the UK Coronavirus Act 2020, schedule 21. Which came into force last month….

Posted by Tom Boddy on Sunday, August 9, 2020


Detaining children under public health🧐😡 I guess this is one way to make sure you immunise your children. …

Posted by Toure Robinson on Wednesday, August 12, 2020


EDIT- PLEASE PLEASE KEEP SHARING!!!Someone has come out with what has happened before! CHECK MY COMMENTS FOR THIS…

Posted by Abbie Jones on Sunday, August 9, 2020


Fact Check:

Coronavirus Act, 2020 can be exercised only in the presence of a parent, caretaker or legal guardian. The claim is False.

Another user on Facebook posted the same post which notched 10,000 views with over 1,500 reactions.


Posted by Bekka Loo on Tuesday, August 11, 2020


Others claimed that only a teacher needs to be informed.

Any legal knowledge how to stop this?Government powers to detain children on health grounds for 14 days and don’t…

Posted by Mandy Baldwin on Sunday, August 9, 2020


The post contains an original snapshot of a letter printed in March, 2020 by the Children’s Commissioner to the Department for Education (DfE) about the Coronavirus Act.

The full Coronavirus Act, 2020, including Schedule 21 Paragraph 18, where the rules regarding children described are here.

Following the wrong version of posts on social media, the Children’s Commissioner said it had sought further clarification. “The Department for Education DfE and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) had confirmed that a parent, caretaker or legal guardian has to be present for a screening to take place under these powers.”

The departments said if self-isolation at home is not possible, the public health officer would need to seek alternatives. The government departments also said parents or guardians who feel any restrictions imposed on a child are unfair would have the right to appeal to a magistrate’s court.

Hence, the claim is FALSE.

This fact check has been published as part of the Internews Information Saves Lives: Rapid Response Fund project to NewsMeter

Mounika Dasari

Mounika Dasari is currently working as a Freelance Fact checker at Newsmeter. She was also an independent contractor at Appen. She has previously worked with Manshuk Securities and Finance as a Derivative Trainee in Delhi. She has work experience of 18 months with Geojit Financial Services as an Equity Dealer in Hyderabad. She has certifications of NISM series V, NISM Series VII, and NISM Series VIII. Alumni from IILM Graduate School of Management in Finance, U.P. Alumni from FH-Dortmund University of applied science and arts in Managing Diverse Markets, Germany. Mounika loves to travel and has been to countries like Germany, Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland.

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