Covid UK news live: Government ‘very concerned’ over empty shelves amid ‘pingdemic’

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Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said ministers were monitoring the so-called “pingdemic”, which has seen hundreds of thousands of workers isolate themselves due to close contact with a Covid case.

Retailers have warned that they are under “increasing pressure” to keep the shelves fully stocked, as they called for staff and suppliers in the store to be allowed to work, even if they receive a warning from the NHS app.

It came when an epidemiologist behind the ZOE Covid study of symptoms suggested that the app might no longer be useful and should potentially be stopped.

Professor Tim Spector told Sky News that employers should still ask staff to stay home if they have cold-like symptoms, but added: “I do not think the app that says anyone may have passed them in a supermarket is in fact so useful longer in the current state of the pandemic. ”

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Covid app ‘pingdemic’ is blamed for empty supermarket shelves

An increase in the number of food supply workers being forced to isolate themselves due to close contact with a Covid-19 case is being blamed for empty shelves in the supermarket this week.

Shoppers across the UK have been alarmed to find shelves and refrigerators empty after a rise in workers warned by the NHS Covid app.

Our reporter, Jane Dalton, has the full story below:

Conrad DuncanJuly 22, 2021 08:10

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The NHS app may no longer be useful for Covid contacts, says the leading epidemiologist

The epidemiologist behind the popular ZOE Covid study has suggested that the NHS app for tracking close contacts of cases may no longer be useful and should potentially be stopped.

Professor Tim Spector told Sky News on Wednesday night that staff should still be home if they had “cold-like symptoms”, but the scientist did not think that “saying that someone might have passed them in a supermarket is actually that helpful anymore” “.

“It does not seem to be appropriate at the moment … it does seem to be too big,” Professor Spector said.

He added that experts looked at how many people were “pinged” by the app, continued to catch Covid, but said he thought the research would likely show that the app “is not effective and should be stopped”.

“Money and tests could be used better elsewhere, that’s my gut feeling,” he said.

Conrad DuncanJuly 22, 2021 08:04

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The government ‘very concerned’ about the chaos of self-isolation amid reports of staff shortages

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said the government is “very concerned” about the situation surrounding Covid’s self-isolation following reports of a shortage of supermarket shelves.

Sir. Kwarteng told Sky News on Thursday that a list of critical workers who would be eligible for looser isolation rules if warned by the NHS Covid app would be drawn up “very soon”.

“We will announce a list of exempt workers. The list of exceptions will be quite narrow, because of course you have to draw the line somewhere, ”said the minister.

Sir. However, Kwarteng refused to be drawn on who would be on the list or whether it would be released this week.

You can find his comments in full below:

Conrad DuncanJuly 22, 2021 7:51 AM

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Indian cricketers who tested Covid-positive in the UK are recovering and joining the team

The Indian cricketer, who had tested positive for Covid-19 during the team’s England tour, has recovered from the virus.

Rishabh Pant has completed 10 days of isolation and has joined the Indian team in a “bio-bubble” in Durham, according to India today.

India and England begin a five-match test series starting on August 4th.

Akshita JainJuly 22, 2021 7:12 AM

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119,000 children in India lost the primary caregiver due to Covid-19, the study says

As many as 119,000 children in India and over 1 million worldwide lost their primary caregiver due to Covid-19 between March 1, 2020 and April 30 this year, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

The Indian government had last month announced a series of schemes to support children who lost their parents due to the virus. This included the creation of a corpus of 10 lakh (£ 9,800) for each child by the age of 18.

Akshita JainJuly 22, 2021 06:57

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Australia warns of further rise in cases despite lockdown

Authorities in Australia have warned that the number of Covid-19 cases in the country will see an increase and take a toll on the economy despite a lock in some states to limit the spread of the virus.

Cases have increased in Australia, driven by the Delta variant of Covid-19, which was first discovered in India.

New South Wales reported 124 new infections on Thursday, a record this year and the highest in 16 months. The state of Victoria logged 26 new cases.

Akshita JainJuly 22, 2021 6:15 AM

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Over 4,200 deaths from black fungus reported in India

India’s Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has informed parliament that a total of 45,432 cases of mucormycosis or black fungus were reported in the country by 15 July. Of those, 4,252 died due to the infection, he said.

At least 84 percent of black fungus patients were infected with Covid-19.

Mucormycosis is a rare but serious fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. It mostly affects people with low immunity or elevated blood sugar levels.

Akshita JainJuly 22, 2021 6:04 AM

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Good morning, and welcome to The independent coverage of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Akshita Jain22 July 2021 05:10

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