Sumary of ‘Pingdemic’ effect: how different sectors in England have been hit:
- TransportSome mainline railway signal locations are at “critical levels” in terms of staff shortages, according to the RMT union.
- Trains and buses across England have been cancelled at short notice and several tube lines were forced to close earlier this week due to staff in control rooms and signalling stations needing to self-isolate.
- Temporary bus timetables have been put in place in parts of Yorkshire, while the number of staff self-isolating at West Midlands Railway has quadrupled in recent weeks.
- CouncilsGarden waste collections have been hit hard in parts of England as councils struggle.
- Liverpool city council suspended garden waste collections for a fortnight after one in four staff reported absent for reasons related to coronavirus.
- Bristol Waste suspended garden waste collections for 10 weeks after reporting a “significant reduction in drivers” due to a national shortage and the impact of the pandemic.
- Councils in Norfolk, Sandwell, Coventry and Lancashire also reported problems.
- HealthcareHospital bosses have said staff isolations are affecting their ability to deliver care, according to Chris Hopson of NHS Providers, who has called for a solution “as a matter of urgency”.