Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng said ministers were monitoring the so-called “pingdemic”, which has seen hundreds of thousands of workers self-isolate due to close contact with a COVID case.
Retailers have warned they are under “increasing pressure” to keep shelves fully stocked, as they have allowed in-store staff and suppliers to work even though they have received alerts from the NHS app.
This ZOE came as an epidemiologist behind the study of Covid symptoms suggested that the app may no longer be useful and should potentially be stopped.
Professor Tim Spector told Sky News that employers should still tell employees to stay home if they have cold-like symptoms, but added: “I don’t think the app is saying that someone took them to the supermarket.” Would have passed, really useful now in the current state of the pandemic.”
Government ‘extremely concerned’ over self-isolation chaos amid reports of staff shortage
Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng has said the government is “very concerned” about the situation around COVID’s self-isolation following reports of shortages on supermarket shelves.
Mr Quarteng told Sky News on Thursday that a list of critical workers who would be eligible for relaxed isolation rules would be drawn up “very soon” when alerted by the NHS COVID app.
“We are going to announce a list of exempted workers. The list of exemptions will be quite narrow because obviously, you have to draw the line somewhere,” the minister said.
However, Mr Quarteng declined to say who would be on the list or whether it would be released this week.
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Indian cricketer who tested COVID positive in UK recovers and joins team
The Indian cricketer, who tested positive for Covid-19 during the team’s tour of England, has recovered from the virus.
Rishabh Pant has completed 10 days of isolation and joined the Indian team in a “bio-bubble” in Durham. india today.
The five-match Test series between India and England is starting from August 4.
119,000 children in India lost a primary caregiver to Covid-19, says study
According to a new study published in The Lancet, between March 1, 2020, and April 30 this year, 119,000 children in India and over 1 million globally lost their primary caregiver.
The Indian government last month announced several schemes to help children who lost their parents to the virus. This included creating a corpus of 10 lakh rupees (£9,800) for each child who reached the age of 18.
Australia warns of further increase in cases despite lockdown
Authorities in Australia have warned that the number of Covid-19 cases in the country will rise and the economy will be affected despite some states being under lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.
Cases are rising in Australia, driven by the delta version of Covid-19 that was first detected in India.
New South Wales on Thursday reported 124 new infections, a record for this year and the most in 16 months. The state of Victoria reported 26 new cases.
Over 4,200 deaths from black fungus recorded 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 till July 15. Of these, 4,252 died due to infection.
At least 84 percent of black fungus patients were infected with Kovid-19.
Mucormycosis is a rare but serious fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. It mostly affects individuals with low immunity or increased blood sugar levels.
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