GB Views: Four out of five want isolation scrapped for daily Covid testing

A message to self-isolate, with one day of required isolation remaining, is displayed on the NHS coronavirus contact tracing app on a mobile phone, in London. Picture date: Thursday July 15, 2021.
A message to self-isolate, with one day of required isolation remaining, is displayed on the NHS coronavirus contact tracing app on a mobile phone, in London. Picture date: Thursday July 15, 2021.

More than 80% of GB News viewers want self-isolation scrapped in favour of daily coronavirus testing, as the 'pingdemic' continues to hit Brits

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Four out of five GB News viewers believe Boris Johnson should roll out daily Covid-19 testing for all pinged workers to replace self-isolation, according to our poll.

The government has announced around 10,000 critical workers in 16 key sectors will be able to skip isolation as emergency measures to protect food supplies were launched on Thursday.

But officials are under pressure to roll it out across the country as more than 600,000 Brits were 'pinged' by the NHS.

More than 10,000 people voted in the GB News poll, with 81.8% saying the scheme should be rolled out to all workers nationwide.

As it stands, quarantine rules for the fully vaccinated are expected to be eased on August 16.

Lewis Howland said: "We have seen the successes from this from the schools who have been doing Lateral flow tests twice a week and then reporting your result. "Maybe daily testing for the next few months is the way forward. But then again we can't trust the Government."

TJ said: "Anyone with symptoms should carry out a test. Otherwise carry on with your business."

Nick Parnell said: "The app has served its purpose. Time to move to daily testing and move away from this crazy situation we now find ourselves in."

The empty sausage and burger section of the freezer aisle at the Sainsbury supermarket at the Arnison Centre, Durham. Supermarkets have urged customers not to panic buy in response to reports of emptying shelves, saying they are continuing to receive regular deliveries.
The empty sausage and burger section of the freezer aisle at the Sainsbury supermarket at the Arnison Centre, Durham. Supermarkets have urged customers not to panic buy in response to reports of emptying shelves, saying they are continuing to receive regular deliveries.

Supermarkets have been hard hit by shortages of several key products, but retail bosses have urged shoppers not to stockpile. Priority testing sites – including the largest supermarket distribution centres – have already been identified for urgent implementation this week, with hundreds more planned next week.

However supermarket shop floor workers have not made the exemption list, in a move likely to anger bosses.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, welcomed the new measure but said ministers must be prepared to take further action if necessary.

“It is absolutely vital that Government makes up for lost time and rolls out this new scheme as fast as possible,” she said

“Disruption is limited at the moment, and retailers are monitoring the situation closely.”