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World Frontline health workers to be spared from isolation rules to tackle 'pingdemic' crisis as England lockdown lifts

03:55  19 july  2021
03:55  19 july  2021 Source:   news.sky.com

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Frontline health workers in England are to be spared self- isolation rules in an emergency move to tackle the " pingdemic " that has triggered an NHS staffing crisis . Coinciding with the latest easing of lockdown rules in England , fully vaccinated NHS and social care staff may not have to isolate if they are pinged by the COVID-19 app. The announcement, from the COVID-positive Health Secretary Sajid Javid, comes less than 24 hours after Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were accused of attempting to dodge self- isolation . But after a humiliating U-turn following a public outcry, the PM and chancellor

Healthcare workers had to self-isolate at home if they were 'pinged' by NHS app. The Government faced pressure as the rule took great toll on hospitals and staff. Under the new rules , they can return to work if they have had a negative PCR test. Staff must take daily lateral flow tests and should wear PPE Ministers were under intense pressure to intervene as the ‘ pingdemic ’ took its toll on hospitals, with some forced to call off operations because of staff shortages. Healthcare workers who have been in contact with a positive case will now, in exceptional circumstances, be able to return to work after

Frontline health workers in England are to be spared self-isolation rules in an emergency move to tackle the "pingdemic" that has triggered an NHS staffing crisis.

a group of people in a room: The NHS has been struggling with staffing as many health workers are isolating at home © Sky News Screen Grab The NHS has been struggling with staffing as many health workers are isolating at home

Coinciding with the lifting of most mandatory lockdown restrictions in England, fully vaccinated NHS and social care staff may not have to isolate if they are pinged by the COVID-19 app.

The announcement, from the COVID-positive Health Secretary Sajid Javid, comes less than 24 hours after Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were accused of attempting to dodge self-isolation.

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Staff shortages threaten to close supermarkets and production lines , says lobby group that wants self- isolation rules loosened. The UK’s top business lobby group and Marks & Spencer have joined a growing chorus urging the government to tackle a nationwide “ pingdemic ” by immediately amending the self- isolation policy for people notified by the NHS test-and-trace app. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said “speed was of the essence” as crippling staff shortages threatened to close supermarkets and bring car production lines to a halt.

But Downing Street today made it clear it expects people to do so. It raises the prospect of the economy grinding to a halt due to a chronic lack of available workers , even after the lockdown is supposed to have ended . Business leaders and trade unionists from across all sector of the economy lined up to 'Where the industry will see the pain is in the supply chain, because logistics runs tight anyway to be efficient.' Chief executive of the UK Major Ports Group Tim Morris said the ' pingdemic ' is the most 'significant threat to ports' resilience we have seen yet'. He suggested people being forced to

But after a humiliating U-turn following a public outcry, the PM and chancellor find themselves isolating on what was originally dubbed "Freedom Day" in England after their contact with Mr Javid last Friday.

In a video message posted on Twitter from Chequers, Mr Johnson admitted he and Mr Sunak "did look briefly" at taking part in a pilot scheme that allows people to test daily instead of isolating.

Yet at the same time, despite having been forced into an embarrassing U-turn which took less than three hours, the prime minister also urged the public to remain cautious as restrictions are lifted.

"We've got to remember that this virus is sadly still out there," he said. "Cases are rising, we can see the extreme contagiousness of the Delta variant."

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The ' pingdemic ' IS on course to paralyse England : Up to SIX MILLION people could be told to stay at home every week by end of July as cases grow 75% every seven days - as bosses say a fifth of their workers are ALREADY being notified by app. Nissan in Sunderland was among businesses that have flagged England could be economically paralysed within weeks without action to halt the Covid app ' pingdemic ' forcing hundreds of thousands of workers to stay at home. Analysis by MailOnline suggests that in a worst-case scenario around six million adults could be in isolation by the end of the

The app, run by the Department of Health rather than the NHS, sends an alert if you spend 15 minutes within two metres of someone who later tests positive. Plans to exempt double-jabbed Brits from isolation do not kick in until August 16, and this is unlikely to change. A report due to be published by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change shows that the number of people being forced to isolate could rise to ten million by August 16. Currently parents are pulling kids out of school early to avoid the " Pingdemic " and having to cancel their summer holidays.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, in a letter to Mr Johnson posing a series of questions, asked how he and the chancellor were "magically selected" for the self-isolation trial.

And business leaders and Tory MPs are now piling pressure on the prime minister to end what they claim is a "pingdemic farce" bringing Britain to its knees.

The NHS opt-out is the first major concession from the government to demands for a major overhaul of Test And Trace, which last week saw more than half a million people contacted and forced to isolate.

From today, double-jabbed frontline NHS and social care staff in England who have been told to self-isolate will be permitted to work "in exceptional circumstances and where additional safety measures can be upheld".

The government says this will include staff who have been contacted as a close contact of a case of coronavirus by NHS Test and Trace, or advised to isolate by the NHS COVID-19 app.

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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 declined to be named, said it could lead to massive disruption of food supplies. "This is causing disruption in the industry, and reinforces the evidence government has been reckless in its approach to easing restrictions and should reconsider its approach," a spokesman for Community said. On Monday, final Covid restrictions will be lifted in England , including the legal requirement to wear a face mask in enclosed spaces.

Downing Street is not immune to the ' Pingdemic ' currently ripping through Britain and halting workforces in their thousands. Health Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday revealed he had returned a positive lateral flow and PCR test for the bug - as officials scrambled to work out precisely who had been in close It's believed there are more than two million people in self- isolation after the NHS app told 520,194 to stay home in just one week. Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will now join the millions of Brits forced to be locked up inside on England 's 'Freedom Day' tomorrow. ' PINGDEMIC ' CHAOS.

And NHS staff members who are contacted will only be able to carry on working after having a negative PCR test and daily negative lateral flow tests.

Announcing the move, Mr Javid, who tested positive on Saturday and is now isolating, said: "As we learn to live with this virus, it's important that we ensure frontline staff can keep providing the best possible care and support to people up and down the country.

"The government has backed healthcare services at every turn through this global pandemic and these new rules will fortify our collective defences against this awful virus, by allowing fully vaccinated frontline NHS and social care staff to continue to work when needed."

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, added: "With the number of cases continuing to rise, it is imperative that we do everything we can to manage this virus and support our NHS and social care services under the strain of increased demand and sustained pressure.

"We have provided specific guidance to NHS and social care settings for circumstances where there is a significant risk to health or safety resulting from staff absence or a critical service cannot run.

Critical workers to avoid close contact isolation

  Critical workers to avoid close contact isolation People performing "critical" tasks including air traffic controllers will be exempt under new rules.Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told MPs the change in isolation rules would happen shortly in England, with letters due to be sent to those eligible.

"This measure only applies to double vaccinated staff, who will only be able to attend work after testing negative on PCR and daily lateral flow tests, and following a risk assessment and the supervision of the health service."

In England, social-distancing rules have ended, face masks are no longer mandatory in shops and on public transport, limits on gathering have gone, and the work from home guidance has ended.

Nightclubs, theatres and restaurants can fully reopen, while pubs are no longer restricted to table service only.

While rules have been lifted, government guidelines continue to urge caution with people being urged to meet outside where possible, pubs to continue with table service and employers to encourage a gradual return to the workplace.

Many shops and public transport operators are still asking people to wear face masks while they are a "condition of carriage" on Transport for London.

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In Scotland, where restrictions have been eased but not lifted, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon emphasised the need for caution.

The country has dropped to the lowest level of its five-tier system with social-distancing reduced to just one metre, although face coverings remain mandatory in shops and on public transport.

Ms Sturgeon said talk in England of "freedom day" was "not sensible" and that it was important to ease up on restrictions gradually.

It follows a series of rule changes in Wales which came in on Saturday, while in Northern Ireland regulations are expected to ease from 26 July.

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