The National Council of Chiefs of Police (NPCC) has said that in some forces, functions such as control room operations are affected by a high number of absent personnel, affecting their ability to respond. quickly to calls.
Earlier, a police and crime commissioner warned the public that call response times would increase due to the pingemia, where people are being asked to self-isolate after coming into contact with a positive coronavirus Case.
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Steve Turner of the Cleveland Police Department said the force had to cancel days off and annual leave for some officers, as well as bring in others from different shifts, to fill gaps caused by the quarantine staff after being close to someone with COVID-19.
This is coming as a leading epidemiologist, leading the study of ZOE COVID symptoms, the NHS said COVID the application is no longer useful.
Professor Tim Spector told Sky News: “I think employers should tell their staff if they’re not feeling well, if they have cold symptoms then they stay away but I don’t think so. not that the app saying that someone might have crossed paths with them in a supermarket is actually more useful in the current state of the pandemic. “
He added: “It doesn’t seem appropriate at the moment… it seems overdone. “
And he continued, “I think employers just need to use common sense. “
Professor Spector said experts are currently collecting evidence from those who have been “interviewed” to see how many have contracted coronavirus.
The results are expected in a few days, but Professor Spector believes this will show that the application is “not effective and should be stopped”.
“The money and the tests could be better spent elsewhere, that’s my hunch,” he added.
Currently, around 60,000 people a day are said to be “bonkers” and asked to self-isolate for 10 days.
Politicians, business leaders and frontline professionals have expressed alarm at this figure, which has created shortage of staff in different sectors.
The latest figures show that more than 500,000 people were polled by the app – which is separate from the Test and Trace service – during the week through July 7, but there are fears that this will increase significantly before the double-hit people are not allowed to avoid isolation from August 16.
Instead, these people will be asked to take a PCR test as soon as possible and to quarantine themselves if they test positive.
But there are fears that over the next month many services, such as food production and emergency services, will be affected.
The government rejected calls to change the sensitivity of the app, but announced derogations for a “small number” of fully vaccinated critical workers who are identified as close contacts of coronavirus cases.
Mr Turner called on the government to test healthy rescuers on a daily basis so that they are not automatically removed from their frontline duties.
He told the BBC: “We have to provide a service. We suddenly find ourselves canceling days off and canceling time off and bringing in agents from other teams to fill in the gaps.
“However, our call times will increase, we will miss some calls that we would normally take because we have less resilience in the call center and all of these things will have a ripple effect on the Cleveland public. “
Frontline services are also facing an increase in demand created by the heatwave, the lifting of restrictions and school holidays.
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A spokesperson for the NPCC said: “Nationally, the absence rate for police and staff is 7.3%. However, in some forces, certain functions, such as control rooms, experience higher levels of absence.
“Absence rates in control rooms affect a police force’s ability to respond quickly to calls from the public, especially emergency calls.
“The relevant police forces tell the public how to contact the police when they are under pressure. We are engaging with the government on the best way to solve this problem.
Monday evening, Boris Johnson reiterated that people must accept that an increasing number of people are being forced to self-isolate “as a result of living with COVID”.
He added that the self-isolation policy is “one of the few shots we have left in our locker” following the relaxation of restrictions.