Supermarkets cancel home deliveries and businesses rebel as pingdemic chaos continues
Supermarkets began cancelling home deliveries on Thursday as businesses across the country mounted a rebellion against the growing "pingdemic".
Shoppers were told by supermarkets including Tesco that their orders could not be fulfilled due to the high number of staff pinged by the NHS Test and Trace app.
Senior Tories called for the Government to consider bringing in the Army to help get deliveries moving as shelves in some areas were empty of basic supplies including bottled water, vegetables and deodorant.
Industry leaders and the Government insisted there was still "plenty of food" in the supply chain, adding that there was no need for a repeat of the panic buying seen during the first wave of the Covid pandemic.
However, Tesco faced complaints from shoppers on Thursday that home deliveries had been cancelled by text only hours before the orders had been due to arrive.
One wrote on social media: "My 100-year-old dad's Tesco delivery has been cancelled at the last minute due to insufficient manpower because too many Tesco staff have been pinged by the NHS app." Another complained: …
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