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…
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….
Detaining children under public health🧐😡 I guess this is one way to make sure you immunise your children. ￼…
EDIT- PLEASE PLEASE KEEP SHARING!!!Someone has come out with what has happened before! CHECK MY COMMENTS FOR THIS…
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.
FOR ALL THE CARING PARENTS OUT THERE WHOS KIDS MAYBE GOING BACK IN SEPTEMBER…YOUS NEED TO READ THIS.Headteacher:…
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…
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.
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