‘Pingdemic’ grips Britain as fears of food shortages mount

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British Secretary of State Kwasi Kwarteng said he was concerned about a so-called ‘pingdemic’ in which hundreds of thousands of workers were told by a government app to isolate themselves as fears grew over food and fuel shortages.

“We are very concerned about the situation,” Kwarteng said when asked about reports of empty supermarket shelves in some areas. “We are monitoring the situation.”

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Britain’s food supply chains are “on the brink of failure” as absences linked to COVID-19 have exacerbated a critical labor shortage, a meat industry agency said Wednesday.

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