‘Pingdemic’: English businesses buckle under COVID-19 isolation demands

LONDON (Reuters) -England’s car plants, railways, supermarkets and pubs warned the government on Monday that a COVID-19 tracing app, which has told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate, was wrecking the recovery and pushing supply chains to the brink of collapse.

FILE PHOTO: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contact tracing smartphone app of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is displayed on an iPhone in this illustration photograph taken in Keele, Britain, September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine/Illustration/File Photo

Cases of COVID-19 in Britain hit around 50,000 a day on some days last week.

Alerts, or “pings”, sent out by the official app telling anyone identified as a contact of someone with the disease to self-isolate for 10 days have caused huge disruption in schools, businesses and the healthcare system.

The crisis, which comes just as the government lifts nearly all restrictions in England to help…

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