Plans for a BBQ have been shattered! As a result of the ‘Pingdemic,’ meat industry workers are forced to isolate just as a heat wave comes.
MEAT manufacturers may run out of BBQ supplies as a result of the ‘pingdemic,’ which has prompted thousands of workers to self-isolate just as the UK’s temperatures begin to rise.
One out of every 10 meat factory workers has been obliged to take time off after being notified by the NHS Test and Trace app. BBQ supplies may soon run out in stores as a result of this.
“People will find choice restricted as the BBQ season unfolds,” said Nick Allen of the British Meat Processors Association.
“With so many people laid off, producers have had to reduce their ranges.
“You might be fine if you’re happy to chuck any burger or banger on the grill.
“But it won’t be as straightforward if you enjoy a beautiful Cumberland sausage or a gourmet burger.”
It comes as the UK’s weather begins to heat up.
Temperatures in certain areas are expected to hit 30 degrees Celsius over the weekend, according to forecasters.
520,000 Britons were urged to self-isolate just last week.
And, when close contact is taken into account, the number of persons self-isolating could reach 4.5 million in the following month, according to the estimates.
A scarcity of lorry drivers exacerbates the supply issue.
“Supermarkets rely on daily deliveries,” Mr Allen told The Sun.
“Over the next two weeks, the entire supply chain will be tested.”
Furthermore, several ports have a number of staff that are unable to work.
The meat business isn’t the only one affected by the NHS Test and Trace app.
Bin collections, trains, automobile industries, taverns, restaurants, hotels, and businesses are all suffering.
“This problem has escalated substantially over the previous week,” said Stephen Phipson, an employee at the manufacturing firm Make UK.
Boris Johnson, on the other hand, has stated that any changes to the app are unlikely to occur for several months.
“We keep things under review,” the Prime Minister’s spokeswoman stated, “but the app is doing what it is meant to do.”
The sole exception is for NHS workers, who will be allowed to ignore the alert if they have been fully vaccinated, in order to prevent hospitals from grinding to a halt.