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There will be no self-isolation exemption for double-stitched hospitality or retail workers until Aug. 16, a minister said, as companies call for a quick loosening of rules.
Environment Secretary George Eustice insisted on Friday that the new “test and release” program to replace self-isolation would only focus on workers in key sectors of the economy and utilities, such as the food supply chain.
Thousands of workers at sites critical to the food industry have been exempted from self-isolation rules related to the NHS Covid app in a bid to deal with the disruption caused by the increase in cases.
The emergency measures mean eligible workers will be allowed to take daily tests as an alternative to isolation – although they will still have to stay home if they test positive for Covid-19.
“As we manage this virus and do all we can to break the chains of transmission, daily contact testing of workers in this vital sector will help minimize the disruption caused by the increase in cases in the weeks to come, while ensuring that workers are not endangered, ”said Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
Train services to be cut due to “pingdemia” as unions criticize exemption plan
Rail services are slated to cut from next week due to staff shortages caused by the large number of people self-isolating due to Covid-19, according to railway union leaders.
“No one should be under any illusions about the difficulties and potential dangers that a system could present in practice,” said Mick Lynch, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union.
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Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 12:09 PM
ICYMI: record 618,000 people surveyed by the NHS Covid application in one week
Yesterday, it was revealed that a record 618,903 alerts had been sent to users of the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales in the week leading up to July 14, raising concerns about the effect of current self-isolation rules.
NHS figures showed the number increased significantly from the previous week, when a total of 520,194 alerts were sent.
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Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 11:55
Newcastle hospital trust faces ‘perfect storm’ amid Covid outbreak, chief executive says
A large Northeastern hospital trust faces a “perfect storm” of high numbers of Covid patients, staff infections and unprecedented urgent care requests, the trust’s chief executive said.
Dame Jackie Daniel has warned that the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust faces ‘exceptional pressures’ affecting all parts of its operations, with around 80 Covid patients currently hospitalized and elective surgery postponed.
She said the trust had yet to ask staff to cancel the time off, but managers would ask if people could be flexible with the time off.
“We are going through the ‘perfect storm’ of high number of Covid patients in hospital, high Covid infections in the community affecting staff and our families, unprecedented levels of urgent and emergency demand and peak season for vacation, this all comes after 18 months of grueling work, ”Dame Jackie said in a blog post.
She added that the staff described the workload as “incessant” and she acknowledged that they could not provide patients with the high level of care they aspire to.
“It’s a place none of us want to be,” said the head of the trust. “Several people have told me that it is more difficult now than at the height of the first wave of the pandemic.”
Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 11:37
Daily Covid Tests for Schoolchildren Just as Effective as Isolation, Study Finds
Daily tests on students who have been in contact with a case of Covid could be just as effective in limiting transmission as self-isolation, a study suggested.
Research by the University of Oxford has found that a small number, between 1.5 and 1.6%, of students and staff have tested positive for the virus after coming into contact with someone. ‘another who had tested positive.
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Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 11:18 AM
Athletes ‘do their best’ to avoid Covid at start of Tokyo Olympics
Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics ‘doing their best’ to avoid catching Covid-19, but there isn’t much they can do at this point to stay away from the virus, a Team ambassador admitted GB.
Laura Crane, professional surfer and former Love Island competitor, acknowledged the predicament the athletes found themselves in on Friday as more than 90 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in relation to the Games so far.
“When you’ve put in so much time and effort to get to this position in your career and it could be snatched away so quickly, I think everyone is doing their best to keep their heads in the game and hope. the best really, ”Ms. Crane told Sky News.
“But yes, there isn’t much you can do. You just have to try to stay away from Covid I guess. “
Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 10:55 AM
More than 95% of adults have had or would like to have a Covid vaccine, figures show
More than 95% of UK adults now say they have received or likely would receive a Covid vaccine, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics.
Some 96% of those polled, during the period July 14-18, said they had positive feelings about jabs, a significant increase since the start of the vaccination program in December 2020 – up from 78% .
Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 10:32 AM
Italy to introduce vaccine passports for indoor activities
Italy has become the latest country in Europe to implement a vaccine passport program to access indoor sites as Covid infections increase across the country due to the Delta variant.
The ‘green pass’, which will indicate whether a person has received at least one jab, has recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months, or has tested negative in the past 48 hours, will go into effect on August 6.
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Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 10:15 AM
‘We will not run out of food’ because of Covid chaos, insists industry chief
UK supermarkets “won’t run out of food,” but scenes of empty shelves in some stores have shaken customers’ confidence in the country’s food supply chain, the Food and Drink Federation chief suggested.
Ian Wright on Friday praised measures to exempt some key workers from self-isolation rules as he sought to reassure customers that the food industry could face challenges posed by the increase in infections with Covid.
“What we haven’t had and what we won’t have is a threat to the global food supply – the simple truth is we won’t run out of food,” Wright told Sky News.
“But what has happened in the last three or four weeks is actually an erosion of choice as some products, some factory lines … have emerged post-Covid, post-Brexit.
Conrad DuncanJuly 23 2021, 10:00 am
No self-isolation exemption for retail, hospitality or supermarket workers, minister says
The government has ruled out extending exemptions from self-isolation rules to the hospitality or retail sectors, where businesses have been hit hard by staff shortages.
Environment Secretary George Eustice insisted on Friday morning that the new ‘test and release’ program would only focus on workers essential to the functioning of public services and key sectors of the economy, such as the food supply chain.
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Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 09:32
Our journalist, Cléa Skopeliti, contains more details below on the key workers who will be exempt from the self-isolation rules:
Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 09:14