If not the pressure of British industrialists, representatives of the productive categories and workers in essential services, in the end the governo Johnson has succumbed to the image of supermarkets with empty shelves. After a week of arm wrestling, between the increase in infections of Covid-19 and the spread of the so-called Pingdemia, which reached the record of 620 thousand contacts, Downing street was forced to publish a list of 16 sectors (from health and food, to transport and energy) in which certain essential workers, having come into contact with a positive at Covid, can be exempt from quarantine making himself instead one tampon per day. Ten thousand workers they will be able to stay in their jobs after more than two million Britons have been forced into quarantine or fiduciary isolation, bringing the country to its knees.
“There is no need for alarmism, but we recognize that people are worried about the shortage of supplies on the shelves,” said the Minister for Productive Activities. Kwasi Kwarteng. The last time the supermarket counters were empty and in Great Britain it was virtually impossible to find toilet paper, the world was just beginning to come to terms with what was to become one global pandemic. A year and a half later, with vaccination programs and protection plans in place, it is precisely the anti Covid-19 tools that empty the shelves again, as well as the petrol pumps, the schools and the subway stations Londoner. The Freedom Day, last July 19, took away all legal restrictions, masks, distancing social e limits on aggregations mass and the country remained naked in front of Covid, protected only by the network of the tracking system and by ping alert of the controversial app of the NHS (national health) which by imposing isolation on truck drivers, shop assistants or teachers, for example, has decimated British services. In recent days, the stores of the Kingdom have been emptied of between 10% and 30% of the personnel ended up in quarantine, so much so that the chain Marks & Spencer was forced to shorten opening hours while Iceland, with a thousand employees at home, he had to temporarily close some shops of the group. “It is ironic that we remained open during the lockdown while now that the restrictions are over we are forced to close two stores and reduce working hours because of shortage of staff – he says Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland – We had to take matters into our own hands hiring temporary staff 2,000 people to draw from while employees continue to receive ping to isolate themselves “.
I ping exacerbated an emergency, that of the staff shortage in various sectors of the British economy, starting with transport, which erupted with the post Brexi. “The problem is serious – he complains Shona Brown, Network Services Manager of the transport company Speedy Freight – Are short of over 60,000 drivers because of Covid, the slowdowns caused by Brexit at the borders and now this NHS app is weighing even more on our sector ”. Due to the self-isolation of truckers, The Colossus BP was forced to close some gas stations left without refueling, while a survey of the Food and Drink Federation revealed that three quarters of its members have suffered from the impact of the lack of transporters.
Some companies, such as those that provide meals to hospitals, schools and prisons, had already taken steps to skip the quarantine for workers who receive a ping if negative to the swab. Ian Wright president of the Food and Drink Federation explains that “it is understandable that employers who are under pressure from staff shortages are looking for any way to keep their productions going. But the government needs to recognize the reality of the chaos that is beginning to mount with the system of ping“.
As of July 15, 1 million students were absent from classroom due to Covid, and in three quarters of manufacturing plants the test and trace caused 25% of staff to be absent, slowing production, especially automotive.
L’England awaits August 16, when those with double vaccination will be free from quarantine even if ‘pinged’ by the infamous app. Meanwhile, the new provisions implemented by the government last night seem to have disappointed the productive categories. From the British Chamber of Commerce, Hannah Essex he commented that while the announcement of a system to exempt essential workers from self-isolation may give relief to some companies, many others will continue to have critical staff shortages that will result in drastic reductions in turnover. These include companies in the hospitality sector which saw 20% of the 3 million workers forced into isolation, leaving the traditional ones exposed pub just when the British were free to enjoy a pint at the counter, without a mask. With a thousand employees isolated the chain Slug and Lettuce had to close 15 pubs, 33 instead those closed by Greene King. “We think that one in five staff members in our sector are affected by Pingdemia and for this reason many of us have to shorten the opening hours of the premises,” he says. Nick Mackenzie, CEO of Greene King.
“The government is trying to restart the economy, but the policies on self-isolation are making it close – he accuses Tony Danker, director of the Cbi, the British Confindustria which represents 190,000 companies and 7 million employees – We can put an end to this Pingdemia by bringing forward the date of August 16 and implementing the culture of masks and a system of tampons ”, he suggests.
The world of science, on the other hand, is relaunching the usefulness of pings: “I would like us to stop talking about Pingdemia because these warning signals tell us that there is in fact a problem. Bbc professor Stephen Reicher, member of the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviors (Spi-B) – The problem is that people are in contact with positive subjects because the number of infections is still high ”.