COVID-19 left the British without meat and gasoline
Up to 10% of employees of the food industry are on self-isolation. There is no one to bake bread and make sausages
In stores and gas stations in the UK, there were interruptions in the supply of goods due to the existing algorithm from the National Health Service, according to which everyone who has been in contact with COVID-19 patients can go to self-isolation. Representatives of supermarkets said that they were faced with a shortage of products. And gas stations are forced to close due to a lack of fuel supplies.
This is reported by the Reuters news agency.
Most British newspapers were published on Thursday with photos of empty shelves in supermarkets in the United Kingdom.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) issued a statement yesterday that the food supply chains are вЂњon the verge of failureвЂќ, as the situation with the labor force, which was not enough before, has worsened. This means that the production lines of meat products are stopped.
вЂњIn addition to the main shortage of workers, we also hear from some participants that between 5% and 10% of their workers have beenвЂќ surveyedвЂќ by the (health service) application and asked to self вЂ” isolate, вЂњ said BMPA CEO Nick Allen.
The business secretary of the British government, Kwasi Kwarteng, said in a comment to Sky News that the authorities are вЂњvery concernedвЂќ about the situation, but he is not sure that there are empty shelves in supermarkets.
The situation with coronavirus in the UK
According to the National Health Service of Great Britain, recently up to 50 thousand new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded daily. In this regard, the application for tracking contacts of patients advised hundreds of thousands of people to isolate themselves for 10 days.
The sharp reduction in staff has wreaked havoc in various sectors, from the food supply, transportation, to the hotel business and the media. To get to work, many people have deleted the app from their phones.
Recall that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who recently came into contact with Health Minister Sajid Javid, who was ill with COVID-19, also went into self-isolation. Johnson was seriously ill with COVID-19 last year.
TAGS: BRITAIN, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19