Almost one in five Metropolitan Police officers are currently absent from work after being ordered to self-isolate amid pingdemic chaos.
About 17 per cent of the force’s officers are currently self-isolating, the highest since the start of the pandemic.
Police were made exempt from self-isolation on Thursday, but only if their employers specified their names and they were double jabbed against COVID 19.
Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation Ken Marsh said the force was massively struggling, and that they were not performing the role properly. That they were not offered the jab and now they’ve got almost one in five officers off sick or self-isolating.
He told a newspaper outlet that it’s coming home to roost and the Government is going to come unstuck.
The government on Thursday announced a listing of exemptions for key workers in energy, waste, water, food supply and production.
Police, border officers, train and lorry drivers were attached to the list on Friday evening.
Workers who avoid self-isolation after contact with someone who has COVID will instead be tested every day, enabling them to keep working given the tests remain negative.
The Government on Saturday said in a statement that an expected initial additional 200 testing sites would be opened so that daily contact testing could be rolled out to further critical workplaces in England.
But currently, about 2.3 million people from critical areas and jobs have been forced into isolation due to being pinged.
It’s understood Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to open more testing sites so more industries can be added to the exemption list in the coming weeks.
He previously said people who’ve been double vaccinated would be exempt from self-isolation after August 16, provided they have a test.
More than a million people have been told to self-isolate by the NHS COVID app in recent weeks, with 618,903 alerts sent in the week ending July 14.
The toll is a 17 per cent rise on the preceding seven and another record high.
The app has created extensive chaos, but it was claimed on Saturday the system causing the problem couldn’t be terminated because there wasn’t enough testing capability to allow the test and release method to take over.
There’s been a rising demand for weeks on the government to tweak the responsiveness of the app or make exceptions for key workers and fully vaccinated Britons following warnings that it could lead to food deficits and major disruptions as the pandemic develops.
Sadly offenders and villains aren’t self-isolating, which is putting a strain on the police force, and they aren’t coping very well with this pingdemic.
So, now it’s ‘Hello boss, I’ve been pinged, see you in ten days.’
Not that anyone will notice because our police force doesn’t seem to apprehend perpetrators anymore, and let’s face it, you can’t miss what you never see.
Anyone stupid enough to have the app on their phone, clearly isn’t very bright, and it beggars belief how many are playing along, but then I suppose it’s more about having a break than fearing the COVID 19 spikes since so many people allowed a substance to be injected into their body that hasn’t been thoroughly tested.
So, if you want a week off work, just do the following. Install the app, mingle in public, and then sit back and unwind as you wait for your phone to ping – I can see that being an attractive proposition for some.