People who test positive for coronavirus will face maximum fines of £10,000 in England if they fail to follow government rules.

Police can hit carriers who repeatedly refuse to self-isolate with the highest penalty.

Those who are confirmed or suspected as carriers and who break quarantine rules for the first time could face a £1,000 fine.

Around four million people on lower wages will be given £500 to convince them to stay home until they recover from Covid-19.

It comes as another 4,422 people were today confirmed to have caught Covid-19.

Mr Johnson said: “People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines.

“We need to do all we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected, and to protect the NHS and save lives.

“And while most people are doing their absolute level best to comply with the rules, I don’t want to see a situation where people don’t feel they are financially able to self-isolate.”

Pressure is mounting on PM Boris Johnson to get a grip on the rising number of coronavirus cases

Police will also be handed more powers to tackle offenders in areas where the virus is embedded.

Regional leaders such as Manchester mayor Andy Burnham have blamed a lack of government support for people being unwilling to self-isolate as many could not afford to not work.

It is hoped the £500 handout will be enough to make sure people follow the rules.

The government announced the strict new measures in a bid to curb the UK's second spike of the deadly bug.

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Experts fear it is now too late to ward off a second spike of coronavirus

A second full lockdown is looming on the horizon as doctors begged the public to change their behaviour.

The UK could reportedly be hit with temporary lockdowns for as long as six months, until a vaccine is developed to combat the coronavirus.

Large swathes of Britain are now under new restrictions, with the infection rate rising across the country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday said the UK is “now seeing a second wave” of Covid-19.

Government sources claim the PM is considering a two-week “circuit-breaker” lockdowns to contain the virus.

Official government figures now show that 390,358 Brits have been infected with the potentially fatal virus, with a further 21 deaths recorded today.

Mr Johnson warned: "We're looking very carefully at the spread of the pandemic as it evolves over the last few days and there's no question, as I've said for several weeks now, that we could expect (and) are now seeing a second wave coming in.

"We are seeing it in France, in Spain, across Europe – it has been absolutely, I'm afraid, inevitable we were going to see it in this country."