Workers forced to self-isolate could be given cash payouts to encourage them to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus, it has been reported.
Government research found that just one in five people are actually observing the stay-at-home rules after developing Covid-19 symptoms.
The study also found that workers earning below £20,000 are less likely to remain in quarantine for the full 14 days.
It has emerged that workers could now be given a one-off payment of “hundreds of pounds” to persuade them to stay indoors if they need to self-isolate.
It is not clear how much people would receive, but reports say it will be "significantly more" than the maximum £182 that was made available in the pilot scheme.
Under that scheme, people self-isolating for 10 days would receive £130 and those self-isolating for 14 days would get £182.
But alongside these plans, ministers are also said to be looking at plans to fine people if they refuse to stay at home.
A Government source said: “The carrot and stick approach is about getting more people to follow the rules and stopping this virus from spreading.”
Nearly 62,000 people were told to self-isolate by contact tracers in the first week of September, which was almost double the figure of the previous seven days, The Sun reports.
It comes as 4,322 new coronavirus infections were recorded over the past day in the UK, compared with 3,539 last Friday, bringing the overall number of cases to 385,936.
It is the biggest single-day jump in infections since May 8, when 4,649 were reported.
In the last 24 hours there were 24 deaths in England, two in Northern Ireland, one in Scotland and one in Wales, bringing the total number of fatalities to 41,732.
Cases across the country have been steadily rising over the past two weeks, resulting in tough new restrictions in the North East, including a 10pm curfew for bars and pubs.
Matt Hancock today refused to rule out a second UK lockdown, saying it would be the “last line of defence” against Covid-19.
The Health Secretary told Sky News: “We'll do what is necessary to keep people safe."