Supermarkets Are Warning That The Rising Number Of Staff Self-Isolating Is Meaning Empty Shelves Again

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If you’ve been to the supermarket recently, you may have noticed that the shelves are looking a little bare.

It’s been said that this is down to the fact that so many supermarket staff and delivery drivers, for example, have been forced to self-isolate after being pinged by the COVID app.

And as a result, supermarket bosses are urging members of the public not to panic buy, like the scenes we saw back at the beginning of the pandemic.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the government was “concerned about instances of shortages”.

“I don't want people to get the impression that every shelf in every supermarket is bare - that is not the case, but we are certainly concerned about instances of shortages, we are looking at the supply chains of critical industries and we are reviewing that situation.”

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Photo credit: Getty Images

A record 618,903 people in England and Wales were contacted by the app in the week to 14 July. People ‘pinged’ by the app must then self-isolate for 10 days, meaning, if they work at a supermarket or as a delivery driver etc, they can’t work; leading to staff shortages.

But Tesco and Sainsbury’s have assured shoppers that they have plenty of food. Sainsbury’s says that while it “might not always have the exact product a customer is looking for in every store, large quantities of products are being delivered to stores daily”.

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