Sumary of British supermarkets warn of threat to supplies:
- Newspapers carried front pages of bare shelves as it emerged that as many as 600,000 British workers had been asked to self-isolate, according to official government data.
- The term “pingdemic” comes from an official National Health Service app that “pings” users when they have come into contact with a positive coronavirus case.
- It comes after the British Meat Processors’ Association said on Wednesday that food supply chains were “right on the edge of failing” as result of work absences.
- British Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told Sky News that the government was “very concerned” about the situation but disputed that supermarket shelves were bare.