Sumary of Food shortage fear as ‘pingdemic’ grips UK:
- Britain’s supermarkets, wholesalers and hauliers have been struggling to ensure stable food and fuel supplies after an official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate after contact with someone with COVID-19.British newspapers carried front page pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bet that he could reopen England’s economy because so many people have been vaccinated has been tarnished by the so-called “pingdemic” in which people have been told by the app to isolate for 10 days.
- British ministers say the app plays an important role in countering the spread of the virus and has allowed some workers in critical roles to carry on working as coronavirus infections surge again, with more than 44,000 recorded on Wednesday.
- “We have a structural issue with HGV drivers for a variety of different reasons, but of course the pingdemic has made it even worse,” Managing Director Richard Walker told ITV.