Sumary of UK grocers warn of shortages amid virus ‘pingdemic’:
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson argues the country’s vaccination programme, which has jabbed nearly 70 per cent of adults with two doses, allows for the relaxation of measures.
- Johnson, finance minister Rishi Sunak, health secretary Sajid Javid and opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer are all among those currently isolating after being contacted.
- The prime minister is under pressure to widen the list of jobs that are exempt from the isolation rules, but has so far resisted and kept exemptions tightly restricted to key workers in critical industries.
- While some ministers have insisted people must isolate if advised, two business ministers this week noted there is actually no legal requirement to isolate if they are pinged by the NHS app.