The UK faces times of disruption in food supply to supermarkets, garbage collection or transport, as entire teams comply with self-isolation due to the new delta variant of covid-19, it was reported on Saturday. Watchman.
British food distributors are warning that the country’s economy may stop working. They fear the postponement of the August 16 date for the suspension of mandatory quarantine in the case of people who have taken two full doses of the vaccine for the virus.
Food companies are pleading with Boris Johnson’s government so that their essential workers can get daily tests rather than having to self-isolate for 10 days, warning of the harmful effects that arise with the so-called “pandemic” (tracing people who have contact with suspects, forcing them to stay in isolation).
There is no clear consensus on the matter within the British government, with ministers initially saying there would be limited authorization for essential workers (about 10,000 at 500 food distribution sites) not to have to quarantine, and instead opting for rapid testing.
The British Meat Processors Association argues that the British government urgently needs to publish more information and provide “clear and unambiguous guidance” about where and where quarantine exemptions can be made and how the new rules can be applied.
“We fear that if infections continue at the current rate, a lot of non-exempt workers will be pulled from the system, and apart from these protected ‘key places’, the rest of the surrounding supply chain will start to fail,” noted Richard Harrow, chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation, who quoted The Guardian, to describe the current confusion of rules as “worse than useless”.
Scotland announces its own scheme to avoid labor shortages
In the UK, many companies report that 15% to 20% of their employees are absent because they have been forced into 10-day isolation due to close contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.
In the country last week – precisely when Boris Johnson presided over “liberation day”, with the end of many restrictions in the country – more than 800,000 infections, and more than 600,000 people in England and Wales have been placed in quarantine because they have been traced from Through the official application.
Scotland announced on Friday its own scheme, which opens the way for companies to ask for permission so that their key workers in critical areas do not have to self-isolate, so that staff shortages do not harm essential services.
The understaffing of companies, due to having to comply with quarantine due to contact with suspects, is also felt at the level of services such as the police, subway networks, trains or other means of transport.
On the London Underground, Hammersmith and City lines were closed this weekend, with more than 300 employees required to be in quarantine. Rail companies also warned that service cuts could worsen in the coming weeks.
“London Mayor” Sadiq Khan, along with several business leaders, last weekend urged the British government to immediately end the mandatory ten-day self-isolation in the case of fully vaccinated people.
The outage with the so-called ‘pandemic epidemic’ is increasingly extending in the UK to libraries, park maintenance and areas other than food and health and is expected to worsen in the next three weeks.
The British government is currently under heavy criticism over the quarantine issue. Luke Pollard, the opposition’s shadow environment minister, asserted that empty supermarket shelves “demonstrate a failure of the system”, and that “the government caused this chaos with its reckless release of all restrictions, its steps on the gas pedal and unbuckled.”
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