News

Covid: More pinged workers eligible for daily tests instead of isolation

Covid: More pinged workers eligible for daily tests instead of isolation
Business
They join police, firefighters, Border Force staff, transport and freight workers, supermarket depot staff and food manufacturers on the list.

Several sectors have warned of staffing shortages caused by 10-day isolations.

Almost 608,000 contact tracing alerts were sent from the NHS Covid-19 app in the week to 15 July - a record high.

Daily testing started on Monday, and the government has announced a further 800 testing sites will be set up, taking the total to 2,000.

Workers allowed to take the tests, rather than isolate, will be able to do so irrespective of whether they are fully vaccinated.

Frontline health and care staff who are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact of someone with Covid have a separate system, allowing some to go to work, subject to strict testing rules.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are among workers self-isolating after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive last week.

From 16 August anyone in England who is fully vaccinated - and unvaccinated under-18s - will be able to take PCR tests - which are sent to a laboratory to be checked - instead of self-isolating, if pinged.
Read more on bbc.com
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
Business
Smaller food delivery firms have complained that they still do not know whether they qualify for the new Covid test scheme to prevent their workers having to self isolate. Daily testing...
Business
Sainsbury s said it might not always have the exact products people wanted, but downplayed fears of shortages saying the problem was not widespread. Iceland also urged shoppers not to...
Business
M&S said the number of workers being notified by the NHS app is rising exponentially, and it may have to reduce hours if there are shortages. A leading supermarket, which...
Business
Police, fire, Border Force, transport and freight staff will now be able to join a daily workplace test scheme, whether they are vaccinated or not. Some 10, 000 supermarket depot and...
Technology
In recent weeks, there has been widespread criticism that the app has been sending out so many alerts that hundreds of thousands of people are self isolating and missing work, causing...