Ping pong: Spat over tracing app as shelves empty in England
In scenes reminiscent of the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, supermarket shelves across England were looking a tad empty on Thursday.
This time, it's nothing to do with consumers stockpiling ahead of lockdown. It was all to do with staff, including shelve stackers and delivery drivers, getting "pinged" on their phones to self-isolate because of contact with coronavirus cases.
Grappling with staff shortages amid the so-called "pingdemic," many businesses, such as supermarket chain Iceland, have had to close some stores -- something it didn't have to do at the height of England's three lockdowns during the pandemic. Sandwich chain Pret A Manger also said it has temporarily closed 17 shops due to staff being forced to self-isolate.
Hundreds of thousands of people -- including Prime Minister Boris Johnson -- are currently having to self-isolate for 10 days after being informed by the National Health Service's hugely costly test and trace app that they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. Figures from the NHS on Thursday showed a record 618,903 …
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