The Government suggests that it can postpone the immunization exemption for those vaccinated beyond August 16
The British Government is creating 15 spaces to perform rapid tests on employees of strategic facilities in the food supply chain, in the first phase of a deployment of 150 in the next week. The measure, announced on Thursday night, tries to respond to the increase in empty shelves in supermarkets and to the warning of a serious crisis by executives in the sector.
The cause of the problem is the recommendation of isolation for ten days, by the telephone application of the National Health Service (NHS), to those who have been close to someone who has tested positive for covid. The sick leave is affecting the functioning of sectors of the economy. The government initiative wants to avoid casualties through the use of tests in workplaces.
A list of sectors has been drawn up in which some 500 test spaces will be created at neuralgic points of their structure, which are being identified. The list includes transport, already affected by the absence of truckers after Brexit, emergency services, borders, energy, digital infrastructure, waste, water, defense or municipalities.
The government’s announcement has been criticized by businessmen in the food sector, because it does not include supermarket personnel and will focus on warehouses, manufacturing and logistics. The government’s calls for provisions not to be hoarded collide with warnings from businessmen warning of a food supply crisis that the UK would not have known in 75 years.
Jeremy Hunt, former Minister of Health and rival candidate of Boris Johnson in the election of leader of the Conservative Party, has asked the Government to implement already its objective of exempting those who have been vaccinated with two doses from isolation. But Environment Minister George Eustice has suggested that the scheduled date for that measure, August 16, could be postponed.
The complex situation created by the app’s isolation requirements occurs in a decisive context on the evolution of the pandemic, after the drastic reduction of restrictions this Monday. Although the number of infected has decreased in the last two days, in the next few days we will see the impact that greater freedom of movement and assembly has on the curve.
In recent weeks, events have been organized in the United Kingdom, such as the Eurocup matches or the Wimbledon tennis championship, in which rapid self-tests, the date and result of which are recorded on an internet portal created by the NHS, They were used as a safe-conduct for the access of the spectators. But Johnson insists that isolation is “one of the few tools we have now” to control the spread of the virus.