Sumary of Coronavirus live: UK business secretary ‘very concerned’ about food shortages; two more Tokyo athletes test positive:
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Indonesia to bring in stricter and wider lockdown measures in a bid to tackle surging Covid infections and deaths in the country.
- But this week daily deaths hit record highs of more than 1,300 and positive cases have risen fivefold in the past five weeks.
- Speaking to Sky News, Nick Thomas-Symonds, shadow Home Secretary and Welsh Labour MP for Torfaen, refused to be drawn on exactly who should be on a self-isolation exemption list for those “pinged” by the NHS app, but that food workers and lorry drivers could be considered.
- ” More from the UK, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has elaborated slightly on the plans for a fully-vaccinated critical workers exemption list, saying it will be “very narrow”.
- UK business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng this morning said he was “very concerned” about the shortages on supermarket shelves and that a list of critical workers eligible for less strict isolation rules would be created “very soon”.
- Kwarteng told Sky News: “We’re going to announce a list of exempt workers.
- The list of exemptions will be quite narrow because, obviously, you have to draw the line somewhere.
- ” But he would not reveal any details of which workers might feature on the list or when it would come, insisting only that it would be “very soon”.