UK:Government pingdemic response chaotic, say food supply firms
26 July 2021
Government efforts to deal with the self-isolation "pingdemic" are "chaotic" and "too late", food supply industry bodies have said.
Supply firms are having to fight to keep supermarkets stocked with food, one industry body warned.
The government has been trying to ease the effects of workers having to self-isolate if they are "pinged" by the NHS Test and Trace app.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said daily testing will help minimise disruption.
The number of people being sent NHS app alerts to self-isolate rapidly rose throughout July as infection rates soared, reaching a record 600,000 in the week to 14 July.
Many businesses struggled as staff members self-isolated.
Last Updated: 26 July 2021
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