A spectre is haunting Britain: the spectre of the 'pingdemic.' With Covid cases on the uptick, it is no surprise that more than 500,000 people in England and Wales were 'pinged' by the NHS test and trace app in the week to 7 July, up 46 per cent on the previous week.
Iceland and Greene King are among the latest businesses forced to close sites as workers are told to self-isolate. The Metropolitan Line in London was forced to shut over the weekend due to enforced absences while the Nissan factory in Sunderland has sent home more than 900 staff – more than 10 per cent of its workforce.
Now it seems not even the government's best brains are immune from the curse. An effort by the Adam Smith Institute to find out on Friday how many people are currently self-isolating from the Office for National Statistics ran into difficulties when the official 'Business impact of COVID-19 survey' email came back with an unfortunate message: 'Off work due to self-isolating because of Covid-19.'
At the rate things are currently going, Steerpike wonders who will be left to track the trackers?