Covid app ‘pingdemic’ blamed for empty supermarket shelves

An increase in the number of food supply workers being forced to self-isolate is being blamed for empty supermarket shelves.

Shoppers across the UK are concerned with shelves and fridges empty.

Increase in workers being alerted by the NHS covid The app on their phones has hit industries hard as workers have to stay at home.

employees of supply companies, fruit and vegetable farms and supermarket Thousands of people are being “pinged” when they have been close to someone infected with the coronavirus.

Hundreds of people in places such as Edinburgh, Devon, Hampshire, London and Liverpool have posted photos on social media showing the shortage of certain types of goods.

(Kately Aerosmith SWNS)

Andrew Opie of the British Retail Consortium said: “The ongoing ‘pingdemic’ is putting pressure on retailers’ ability to maintain opening hours and keep shelves stocked.

“The government needs to act fast. Retail workers and suppliers who have played a key role during this pandemic should be allowed to work, provided they have double immunization or show a negative COVID test, to ensure that food and other goods are received. There is no impediment to the public’s ability to do so.

“With community cases rising, the number of healthy retail workforces self-isolating is increasing rapidly, disrupting retail operations.”

(Kately Aerosmith SWNS)

Even before the surge in “pings,” food industry heads were warning of empty shelves because a lack of lorry drivers has also delayed supermarket deliveries.

Tesco Said that 48 tonnes of food is being wasted every week due to shortage of HGV driver.

Both Brexit and three national lockdowns caused many European drivers to return to their home countries.

Others have since become ill with the coronavirus, and the pandemic has created a huge backlog in HGV driver tests.

But the BRC said “pingdemic” was a much bigger problem than the driver shortage in the past few days.

Supermarkets are urging shoppers not to panic-buy, and some shoppers posted photos of well-stocked shelves, suggesting shortages had not reached everywhere.

(Kately Aerosmith SWNS)

Some stores said the heatwave had caused fridges and freezers to fail, so they had to be emptied.

Waitrose The notice had to apologize for the “limited options” due to “national supply issues”.

Trade ministers have written to major manufacturers emphasizing that employees are not legally obligated to isolate when they are “pinged”.

Logistics UK, which represents freight owners including supermarkets, estimates that around 90,000 HGV driver jobs are vacant.

independent Answer has been sought from the government.

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