In England and Wales, a record 618,903 users of the NHS tracing application received a call to self-isolate in the week of July 8-15, the BBC said.
The British authorities reported on Wednesday 44,104 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection the previous day. According to The Times, up to a million people are currently in quarantine due to contact with the infected person.
The British Minister for Business, Kwasi Kwarteng, said he was concerned about a phenomenon called “pingdemie” (from the word “ping”), which is missing from the chains, because of the lack of employees. Supermarkets face logistical problems, do not have time to add food to the shelves or have to change opening hours.
“We are very concerned about this situation, but we are watching it,” the minister replied when asked about pictures of empty shelves in some supermarkets circulating on social networks. Shoppers complain that the stores lack meat, pastries, fruit, vegetables or toilet paper. Problems are reported by Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Waitrose.
Sainsbury’s has stated that while there may be a problem with the availability of a particular product, the problem is not widespread. The Iceland supermarket called on customers to avoid so-called panic shopping, where people try to stock up on a large number of products. Co-op also said he was running out of certain items, the BBC said.
Nick Allen, chairman of the British Association of Meat Processors, has warned that suppliers are “on the verge of collapse”. According to the head of the lobbying trade association British Retail Consortium, Andrew Opie, the government must act immediately.
“Employees and suppliers in retail chains who played a key role during the pandemic should be allowed to work if they provide a certificate of completed vaccination or a negative coronavirus test. We need to ensure that people can buy food and other goods,” Opie said.
However, according to a statement by the British government on Wednesday, it is unlikely that supermarket employees would receive an exemption from the mandatory ten-day isolation. According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, only a “very small” number of workers in key sectors such as energy and telecommunications will receive the possibility of daily testing instead of the ordered quarantine. The BBC added that fully vaccinated workers in these sectors may be exempted from the obligation to take isolation.
The ten-day quarantine alert sent by trace applications also disrupted schools and the health care system.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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