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Food workers granted exemption from isolation amid ‘pingemia’ – .

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The emergency measures mean that workers in sectors key to the economy and utilities will be allowed to take daily tests as an alternative to self-isolation – although they will still need to self-isolate if they are are 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.

It came as the owner of one of the UK’s largest food producers warned the industry was at ‘crisis point’ over the number of people being asked to self-isolate.

However, Ranjit Singh Boparan of the 2 Sisters Food Group also said the so-called pingemia “masked” other issues, such as Brexit-related shortages and general Covid issues, in the supply chain.


UK food industry at ‘crisis point’ over chaos of self-isolation and Brexit issues

The UK food industry is at ‘crisis point’ due to a combination of staff absences from self-isolation, Brexit-related shortages and general Covid issues, the owner said. one of the largest food producers in the country.
Ranjit Singh Boparan of the 2 Sisters Food Group warned this week that the government must act or address “the most severe food shortages the country has seen in more than 75 years.”
“No one could have predicted that this toxic cocktail would form at this point,” Boparan said.
“It started with the pandemic – and over the last week or so with the pingemic, but since May of this year the operating environment has deteriorated so profoundly that I see no other result than food shortages. major in the UK.
“The supply of chicken and turkey is under threat. Our retail partners and the broader supply chain have worked together more closely than ever to ensure that we conserve the food supply and that is a huge credit to everyone. But we are at the point of crisis.
Mr Boparan, known as Chicken King due to the work of 2 sisters in the poultry business, added that labor was a concern, with shortages of 15% reported among the 16,000 employees. of the company – in part because of Brexit reducing the staff available in the sector.
“The critical job issue alone means we are walking a tightrope every week right now,” he said.
“We’re just about to face it, but I can see if no support is given – and urgently -om the government, then the shelves will be empty, food waste will explode just because they can’t. be processed or delivered, and the shortages that we saw for the last year will be peanuts compared to what might come.
Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 8:02 AM

Food industry workers to avoid self-isolation with Covid testing program

A testing program for food industry workers has been announced to allow personnel deemed essential to the supply chain to avoid self-isolation if they are ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid app.
The Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the program will roll out to around 500 sites next week, with the aim of keeping around 10,000 employees at work.
Our journalist, Adam Forrest, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 23, 2021 7:53 AM

India’s top doctors fight for phased reopening of schools

The director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Randeep Guleria, said the Indian government should consider reopening schools on a phased basis.
He said India today in an interview that reopening can be considered for places that have a positivity rate of less than 5%.
Most states closed schools last year when India entered its first lockdown to stem the spread of Covid-19, and have yet to allow them to reopen.
Dr Guleria said that many children in India have developed natural immunity because they have been exposed to the virus.
Akshita JainJuly 23, 2021 7:16 AM

More and more states are refuting the Indian government’s claim that no deaths due to oxygen shortage

After the national capital Delhi, the state of Rajasthan also challenged the central government’s assertion in parliament that no oxygen deficiency deaths were specifically reported by states or union territories during the the second wave of the pandemic in India.
Rajasthan has now said the central government did not seek information on Covid patients who died due to lack of oxygen before making the request.
Health Minister Raghu Sharma said The time of India that if the Center had requested it, the state government would have informed that the majority of Covid victims are due to an oxygen crisis.
It comes after the Delhi government said it had no data on oxygen starvation deaths because the Center did not let it form a committee to look into allegations of such deaths.
Akshita JainJuly 23, 2021 6:40 AM

New Zealand suspends travel bubble with Australia

New Zealand has suspended its travel bubble with Australia for at least eight weeks due to an increase in Covid-19 infections in Australia.
The country is grappling with an increase in the number of cases caused by the Delta variant of Covid-19, which was first detected in India. He has imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, putting half of the country’s population in detention.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that “the Delta variant has dramatically changed the risk profile” and that closing the bubble of non-quarantine travel is the right move to keep New Zealanders safe.
Akshita JainJuly 23, 2021 6:16 AM

3 million people miss second dose of vaccine in Indian state

About 3 million people in the Indian state of Rajasthan have already completed the mandatory waiting period between two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, but have yet to receive their second dose due to a shortage, according to reports. reports.
While 894,565 people wait for a dose of India’s ‘Covaxin’ vaccine, more than 2 million people have yet to receive their second dose of Covidshield – the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured locally by the Serum Institute of India – according to Indian express.
State officials have said they are running out of doses of the vaccine and it is not yet known when the next batch will arrive.
Akshita JainJuly 23, 2021 5:54 AM

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Akshita JainJuly 23, 2021 5:18 AM


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