- Daily tests to replace self-isolation for workers 'pinged '
- Test sites to set upace in distribution centers this week
- Supermarkets have warned of shortages on limited lines
- Named workers from other key departments won't have to isolate
LONDON, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Daily contact tests will be deployed at UK food industry workplaces to ensure that staff that was "pinged " by the COVID-19 app could continue to work if it tests negative rather than isolating, the government said Thursday.
Some supermarkets are facing shortages of specific products - mainly those in demand in hot weather - and some gas stations had to close after the health app told workers to isolate after contact with a person infected with the virus.
British newspapers published front page pictures of the shelfare empty in supermarkets, declaring "pingdemia ".
With cases reaching nearly 50,000 per day in the UK, hundreds of Thousands of people have been notified - or "ping " - by the National Health's contact tracing application to isolate for 10 days.
The government has said priority test sites will be set up at major supermarket distribution centers this week, and up to 500 sites will start next week.
"As we manage this virus and do everything possible to break the chains of transmission, daily contact testing of workers in this vital sector will help minimize the disruption caused by the increase. cases in the coming weeks, while ensuring that workers are not put at risk, "the secretary said.a Health, Sajid Javid.
Contact tests are designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 by identifying those infected by being in close proximity to them. 'an infected person, either through the application or through human contact tracers, but who are not showing any symptoms themselves.
LINES OF HOT WEATHER
The government said supermarket bosses had played down fears of shortages, saying problems were not widespread.
Sainsbury 's (SBRY.L) , Britain 's second largest grocer, said customers may not be able to find the exact product they want .
"Large quantities of products are delivered daily to stores.ins and our colleagues are focusing on getting them to shelves as quickly as possible "a spokesperson said.
Asda, actor n ° 3 from industry, said that although more staff were being forced to self-isolate, the level of absences remained well below what he saw at the height of pandemic last year.
"We are also not in a position where we have to close all stores " said one spokesperson.
Product availability was "largely correct in all areas " although some stores lacked lines in hot weather: beers and soft drinks, bottled water, ice cream and salad leaves.
But its small rival, Iceland, said it has closed a certain number of stores due to understaffing. BP (BP.L) said it had to temporarily close a handful of gas stations due to a lack of fuel, with a shortage of heavy truck drivers exacerbated by COVID-19 isolations.
Official data showed the app had told nearly 620,000 people to self-isolate in England and Wales in the week to July 14.
Britain has allowed some workers in critical roles to continue working even when "pinged ".
Companies should request authorization for their staff, and it will only be granted to designated workers in approved workplaces who are fully vaccinated, the government said on Thursday.
Infections on the rise in Great BritainAged for several weeks, but a vaccination program appears to have weakened the link between infections and deaths, with daily deaths remaining relatively low. Written by Guy Faulconbridge; Additional reporting by Paul Sandle, Kate Holton and Kanishka Singh; Edited by Catherine Evans, Angus MacSwan Giles Elgood and Jonathan Oatis
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