Concerns have been expressed that the increasing number of pings sent by NHS The Test and Trace app could potentially lead to food shortages as workers are forced into self-isolation.
More than 530,000 self-isolation alerts were sent to app users in England and Wales during the first week of July. This shows a 46 percent increase in the number of alerts compared to the previous week.
The increase has raised fears that putting more and more workers out of action will disrupt the food supply chain.
Lord Billimoria, president of the Confederation of British Industry, has warned that the number of people advised to self-isolate for 10 days could rise by nearly four million.
Tim Morris, CEO of the UK Major Ports Group, explained that the nickname is “pingdemicAs “the most significant threat to the resilience of ports we have seen so far”.
He added: “If the current trajectory [worker] Should absenteeism continue without any action by the government, there should be a risk of disruption to vital supply chains, including food. “
One in 10 people working in the meat processing industry have been App asked for self isolation, and it has fueled concerns that companies “might have to start shutting down production lines completely”.
United Kingdom’s largest union has said App is generating “said” on production lines. Assistant Secretary-General Steve Turner urges ministers to make changes from time to time COVID-19 The restrictions are lifted on July 19, “otherwise people will start mass deleting the app just to avoid the isolation notice”.
Due to shortage of staff, trains have been canceled, and councils across the country have warned residents that garden waste and recycling bins will not be emptied for weeks, prioritizing general household waste collection.
Nissan and Rolls-Royce have warned that asking hundreds of their workers to stay home could result in the closure of their factories.
About 900 workers at Nissan’s Sunderland car plant are understood to have been sent home, more than 10 percent of the total workforce.
According to UK hospitality boss Kate Nichols, a third of restaurant and pub employees have been advised to stay at home.
Earlier this week there were security queues at Heathrow Airport as more than 100 workers were absent after being pinged.
Paul Novak, deputy general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said: bbc breakfast There was a “picture of concern” over the lifting of coronavirus restrictions from Monday.
He said: “A large number of people can’t afford to self-isolate when that ping comes to their phone because they are not entitled to statutory sick pay. In the face of this we are going to ask people to shut down that app. “
In recent days urgent meetings between government officials from the three departments and business groups, it was emphasized that while an app alerts advisory, contact with the official NHS Test and Trace service is legally enforceable.
However, Downing Street insisted that anyone “pinged” by the app should self-isolate, despite Daily Telegraph After being informed that some people are being identified as contacts – among those who have tested positive for the virus – through building walls.
Number 10 said it is still essential that people follow the isolation advice, which will not be removed until August 16, even for full immunization.
The government had earlier indicated that it may reduce the “sensitivity” of the app. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps suggested it could be “tailored” to align with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on Monday.
But it is reported that there are no current plans to replace the app. Instead, it said it would be placed under “continuous review”.
Fomar’s health secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that there is a risk that the app could “lose social consensus”, and suggested the government should “make it less sensitive or move to a system where you are tested when you are pinged”. Have to get it done
He added: “The risk is that if people are deleting the app you can’t even ping them to ask for a test.”
Criticism about the app came after the number of new daily Covid-19 cases reached 51,870 on Friday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted that lockdown restrictions Monday is “immutable”.
Mr Hunt warned that Mr Johnson could be forced to reimpose lockdown restrictions if Covid cases continue to rise in the autumn.
that she said The situation facing the NHS is “very serious” The number of hospital admissions is increasing rapidly.
Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4 programme. Today: “The warning light on the NHS dashboard is not flashing amber, it is glowing red.”