Covid-19: explosion of contact cases placed in isolation in the United Kingdom threatens supermarket supplies


Positive cases have skyrocketed for several weeks in the country forcing hundreds of thousands of contact cases to isolate themselves, putting economic life under pressure.

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The federation of British distributors urged the government on Thursday, July 22 to relax the rules requiring contact cases of Covid-19 patients to isolate themselves. The explosion in the number of contact cases in isolation, as the epidemic flares up because of the Delta variant in the United Kingdom and threatens the supply of supermarkets with the outbreak of contaminations in the United Kingdom.

While positive cases have skyrocketed for several weeks in the country, flirting with 50,000 dailies on certain days, hundreds of thousands of contact cases are forced to isolate themselves, putting economic life under pressure, from transport to distribution. food. On the front page of almost all the British press on Thursday, pictures of empty supermarket shelves are displayed. Several supermarket chains, as well as the association of meat producers and transporters have also reported a lack of manpower. work, one part being forced to isolate itself.

The government has promised to exempt certain essential workers, such as railway workers, from the requirement to self-isolate for ten days, provided they have received their second dose for at least two weeks or test negative. This has already been the case since Monday for employees of the public health service (NHS) “in exceptional circumstances”.



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