U.K. Food Fears Return as Covid Pings Spark Labor Shortages



Damian Shepherd | Bloomberg News

British food producers, retailers and transport companies descended into panic mode over the weekend as a surge in workers being forced to self-isolate hits suppliers across the country.

Workplaces have seen a rush of absences after 1.7 million people were “pinged” as of last week by a National Health Service app that tells them they’ve been in contact with a Covid-positive person. As the U.K. sustains another wave of infections, the alerts urged recipients to avoid people for 10 days.

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