Word “pingdemic” has come into use in recent days to refer to shortages in British supermarkets. Indicates an increase in injuries due to expansion delta variable This leads to the isolation of many workers in the sector from themselves.
“pingdemic” is a play on the words between “ping”, the sound from the official mobile notification indicating adherence to isolation, and “epidemic”.
The The number of new positives in the country has increased dramatically In recent weeks, it has reached 50,000 cases per day, forcing hundreds of thousands of contact cases to self-isolate, leaving many economic sectors without employees, from transportation to food distribution.
Other businesses, such as stores, service stations and even the post office, are affected by the absence.
more than 600,000 people used a virus testing and tracking app for the public health system The BBC reported that those known as “NHS Covid-19” in England and Wales received alerts to self-isolate in the week of July 8-15, which is a 17 percent increase from the previous week.
Alerts in The app notifies users if they have been in close contact with a positive case of coronavirus, It is recommended to isolate them for ten days.
in England, 607,486 alerts were sent to users between July 8 and 15 and another 11,417 in Wales.
In this sense, Many Britons are removing the app from their phones to avoid being alerted and to avoid having to self-isolate, As evidenced by a survey conducted by the consulting firm YouGov.
Faced with this situation, the government on its part has announced that some industries may request waivers for employees, which will allow essential workers who have been alerted to return to work after a PCR test instead of being quarantined.
On the front pages of most British newspapers today, there were pictures of empty supermarket shelves, reflecting the consequences of the situation. Shown in the background is the growth of coronavirus cases due to community transmission of the delta variant, which is considered more contagious.
According to British news site iNews, members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be ready to take action in the first week of August to prevent overcrowding in public hospitals.
At the rate that infections are going, daily hospitalizations in the UK are expected to reach between 1,000 and 2,000 by the end of next month, while daily deaths could be between 100 and 200.
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