Cumulative Covid-19 deaths per million† WHO Transmission classification Length of isolation period Income support for people self-isolating  Accommodation / supplies provided?   Enforcement and monitoring of failure to self-isolate
UK 1,193 Community transmission 

Positive cases: 10 days (longer if symptoms persist)

Contacts: 10 days

 

£500 support payment for eligible lower earners (England, Wales, Scotland)

Financial support grants available to eligible individuals in Northern Ireland.

Statutory sick pay: £95.85 / week

No 

England: £1,000 - £4000 penalty, £10,000 for repeat or major offences   

Wales: £60 for first offence, fines doubling with each reoffence.  

Scotland and Northern Ireland: under consideration (fines currently apply to international travellers)  

Belgium 1,729 Community transmission

Positive cases: 7 days (including 3 without symptoms).  

Contacts: 10 days or 7 days with a negative test   

70% of average earnings (capped at €2755 / £2582 month) plus nominal allowance of €150 / £135  per month No 

€250 / £225 fine – up to €4,000 / £3,602 for serious or repeat offences   

Spot checks to ensure compliance   

Canada 447 Community transmission

Positive cases: 10 days  

Contacts: 14 days  

$500 / £447 a week for up to 16 weeks (statutory sick pay of 55% of regular earnings thereafter)  Yes – for those unable to isolate at home (only available in some regions)

Up to $5,000 / £2,891 per day  

Spot checks to ensure compliance  

Finland 106 Community transmission

Positive cases: 7 days and/or until symptoms have fully resolved for 48 hours   

Contacts: 10 days   

100% of loss income suffered during isolation Yes – for those unable to isolate at home Unconfirmed
France 1,038 Community transmission 

Positive cases: 7 days and until symptoms have fully resolved for 48 hours   

Contacts: 7 days and following negative test   

90% of gross salary + daily allowance (50% of daily basic wage) for 30 days.  Yes – for those unable to isolate at home None (under consideration)
Germany 485 Community transmission   No automatic period, typically 14 days but decision determined by local public health authority 100% of average annual salary for six weeks, (statutory sick pay of 70% of regular earnings thereafter)    No Fines vary by locality
Norway 87 Community transmission 

Positive cases: 10 days   

Contacts: 10 days   

Covered by statutory sick pay, which is 80% of salary (capped at NOK 60,000 / £52,600 / year) Yes – for those unable to isolate at home  Yes – 20,000 NK / £1,711 and up to 15 days prison
Ireland 473 Community transmission

Positive cases: 10 days (patients must be fever free for the last five days)  

Contacts: 14 days   

€350 / £315 per week

Separate illness benefit for those not currently working.

No

 

Fines apply to international travellers  

Italy 1,297 Clusters of cases 

Positive cases: 10 days and negative test (and 3 days without symptoms)

Contacts: 14 days or 10 days with negative test 

Covered by statutory sick pay, which is 50% of average daily pay (excludes self-employed)  

Yes – for those unable to isolate at home   

€500 / £450  - €5,000 / £4,500, up to 18 months prison   

South Korea 22 Clusters of cases

Positive cases: 7 days and/or until symptom free, and 2 negative tests   

Contacts: 14 days   

Rates depend on household size (KRW 454,900 / £307 per month for individuals living alone 

South Korea has no national paid sick leave system for non-Covid illness. 

Yes – daily necessity kits provided to all home isolation; quarantine facilities provided for severe symptoms or people without individual room.  

KRW 10 million  (£6,764) and / or up to 1 year in prison.  

Geolocation data monitoring of quarantined individuals; random visits to ensure compliance