UK Exempts Essential Food Supply Workers From Self-Isolation Amid ‘Pingdemic’ Fallout Fears

Over the past week, more than 600,000 Britons have been “pinged” by the National Health Service (NHS) app, telling them to stay at home for up to 10 days after they were recorded as being in close contact with COVID-positive people.

British Cabinet ministers have announced that workers critical to the food supply industry will be exempt from the so-called “pingdemic” in order to prevent supermarket shelves in the country from going empty.

The term “pingdemic” refers to members of the public being pinged by the National Health Service (NHS)’s Track and Trace app on their phones if they have been in close contact with coronavirus-positive people. It means a person who has been “pinged” must isolate for 10 days despite the NHS app’s self-isolation pings only being advisory.

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