Bog roll bandits returned to strip shelves in supermarkets after 620,000 Covid pings left deliveries in chaos.
Ministers said last night that contact testing will be rolled out to “critical” workplaces in the food supply chain so workers can avoid self-isolating and take daily tests.
Store bosses begged Brits not to panic-buy toilet roll, pasta, bottled water and wine as staff responsible for restocking were forced to stay home.
Ministers last night faced calls to bring in the Army to shore up food supplies.
Tory MP Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Commons defence committee, said: ‘The urgency of staff shortages now impacting on supermarkets… warrants a Cobra meeting for which the deployment of the Army to assist in HGV driver shortfall should be a last resort option considered.”
The Road Haulage Association believes the country is 100,000 HGV drivers short. Food and Drink Federation chief Ian Wright, said: “We need to get this sorted or people will vote with their fingers and turn off the app.”
A record 618,903 pings were sent to users of the NHS Covid-19 app in England in the week to July 14. Another 420,000 people were told to quarantine by test and trace call handlers, while 260,000 tested positive for the virus.
That left 1.3million Brits under virtual house arrest last week.
There were a further 39,906 Covid-19 cases and another 84 deaths within 28 days of testing positive as of yesterday.
Of the 83,021,749 Covid jabs given in the UK, 46,433,845 were first doses and 36,587,904 second doses.
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