On Wednesday, British authorities reported 44,104 confirmed cases of coronavirus the previous day. 1.7 million people are in quarantine for ten days due to contact with the infected person. Many industries lack people. Supermarkets don’t have time to add food to shelves or have to change opening hours. Issues have been reported by Tesco, Sainsbury or Waitrose.
In response to a question about the pictures of empty shelves in some supermarkets circulating on social media, the minister replied, “We are very concerned about this situation, but we are monitoring it.” Shoppers complain that stores lack meat, pastries, fruit, vegetables or toilet paper.
Nick Allen, president of the British Meat Manufacturers Association, warned that suppliers were “on the verge of collapse”. Reuters wrote that there is a risk of food shortages in stores and fuels in the country.
“Employees of retail chains and their suppliers who have played a key role during the pandemic should be allowed to operate if they provide a certificate of completed vaccination or a negative coronavirus test. We need to make sure people can buy food and other goods,” said Andrew Obe, president of the British Retail Consortium.
The ten-day quarantine alert sent out by tracing requests also disrupted schools and the health care system.
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