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Supermarket forced to close stores as more than 1,000 staff ‘pinged by NHS app’

by LLB political Reporter
19th Jul 21 11:53 am

Numerous businesses on Monday have been affected by the NHS Test and Trace app app as thousands of workers are being told to self-isolate.

High street supermarket Iceland has been forced to close some stores as more than “1,000 people are absent due to Covid.”

Icleland’s managing director Richard Walker told the BBC, “We have got over 1,000 people absent due to Covid, that’s the highest ever since testing began,” he told the BBC.

“It’s about 4% of our total workforce of 30,000. In fact, we have just announced employing an additional 2,000 people on top of that to give us a deeper pool of labour, because so many people are now getting pinged.”

When he was asked over the impact on the business, he said, “A number of stores have had to close and the concern is that as this thing rises exponentially, as we have just been hearing, it could get a lot worse, a lot quicker.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has admitted that staff being told to self-isolate by the app is the “single biggest issue” which has been raised to him by businesses.

Kwarteng told LBC Radio, “I accept it’s a difficult situation,” but “there isn’t any movement on it.”

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