In the UK, rail companies are cutting their schedules due to a growing staff shortage, as more and more people have to quarantine due to high-risk contact with a positive coronavirus case. This is what the British BBC wrote on the basis of the Rail Delivery Group, which unites train operators.
In recent days, there have been reports of problems due to the increased number of infections and associated high-risk contacts. More than 600,000 Britons were asked to self-isolate within one week. British media are talking about a “ping demic”, referring to the noise the NHS’s Covid-19 app makes when in quarantine.
The procedure applies immediately for ten days, and causes more and more personal problems. There have been reports in recent days of a shortage of British supermarkets and closed petrol stations. On Thursday, the British government decided to allow exceptions for the food sector: There will be separate tests, so staff can escape strict quarantine rules.
But other sectors, such as railways, are still affected. From Monday, the schedule will be adjusted or trains will be replaced by buses, according to the BBC. Passengers are required to check in advance whether their train is running or not.
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