Food bosses say ministers are making England’s Covid ‘pingdemic’ supply chaos worse

Scheme to prevent knock-on effect on food of self-isolation is branded an absolute disaster as railways and airports are hit by staff self-isolating

An emergency government plan to prevent the spiralling “pingdemic” from hitting food supplies has descended into chaos, with industry leaders condemning the scheme as an “absolute disaster” that has done more harm than good.

As train services were also disrupted on Saturday by the number of workers self-isolating, airports reported long queues at passport controls and the hospitality industry warned of a summer of closures, Downing St defied growing calls to bring forward a full relaxation of quarantine rules from the scheduled date of 16 August.

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