EMERGENCY powers for the police and authorities have been revealed.

The Government is set to publish its coronavirus bill in Parliament this week.

It gives officers from the police and immigration powers to detain people in appropriate isolation centres if they are a risk to public health.

Meanwhile it will provide statutory sick page for anyone self-isolating without symptoms immediately, and allow small businesses to reclaim statutory sick pay.

The measures also allow for our courts to operate using video technology to stop the spread of the virus.

A final part of the measures allows the Border Force to temporarily suspend operations at ports, airports and transport hubs.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The new powers to detain uncooperative people who may pose a health risk to others is a necessary and proportionate step during unprecedented times. It is reassuring that the Government has limited the lifespan of this change and these new measures will only be used when absolutely necessary.

“The proposals to scale up the use of video in court hearings is also eminently sensible and recognises that technology solutions can keep the wheels of justice turning even when courts are closed.”