Data released by the Department for Education (DoE) shows more than 1m school children were absent last week due to Covid related reasons.
Government figures which were released today show 773,700 school children were self-isolating after having possible contact with others in the classroom, with a further 160,300 having contact with someone outside of school.
The DoE confirmed that 47,200 children had Covid, whilst 34,500 had suspected cases and 34,800 off school due to closures.
There are also fears that a “hundreds of thousands of workers will be pinged” by the NHS Test and Trace app causing transport issues along with unions warning of food shortages in supermakets and factories possibly having to close.
Many are calling “Freedom Day” “Pingdemic Day” and the CBI are calling on the government to allow those who have been double jabbed not to self-isolate for 10 days.
CBI president Lord Karan Bilimoria said, “With restrictions being lifted and cases rapidly increasing, we urgently need a surefooted approach from government, creating confidence to secure the recovery.
“This starts by immediately ending the self-isolation period of 10 days for people who are double-jabbed and providing a route out of isolation for those not yet fully vaccinated through daily lateral flow tests.
“Against the backdrop of crippling staff shortages, speed is of the essence.”