Martin Lewis discusses state support for self isolation
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The list of critical workers who can escape mandatory isolation periods to conduct their roles has now been published by the Government. The list has been published in the face of mass concern about the Covid app with many industries calling for the app to be reviewed amid warnings about staff shortages. Express.co.uk has put together the full list of jobs exempt from the Covid isolation according to the Government.
The NHS COVID-19 app has faced widespread criticism from individuals and businesses after hundreds of thousands of people have been sent self-isolation alerts in the past few weeks.
Data showed 618,903 alerts were sent to people in England and Wales in the week between July 8 and 15 – representing a 17 percent increase on the previous week.
Of these alerts, 607,486 were sent to users in England, while 11,417 were sent in Wales.
Comparatively, less than 60,000 notification pings have been issued to users of the Scottish app since it was launched in September 2020.
The number of pings represents an average of 3.2 pings sent per confirmed Covid case in the last month.
However, for the July 8 to 15 period, there were fewer pings per case at 2.8.
Downloads of the app continued to rise to 26,826,748 from 26,523,853 the previous week, but the hashtag #DeleteTheApp has been trending on social media channels again today.
A recent YouGov poll found one in 10 users have deleted the app after previously installing it – with those aged 18 to 24 most likely to have taken this step.
The Covid app has faced extensive backlash and criticism in recent weeks.
The Department of Health and Social Care has been keen to stress self-isolation is still “one of the most effective tools” to reduce virus transmission rates.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi this week told MPs some critical workers will be exempt from the mandatory isolation period.
He said: “We recognise there are some very specific circumstances where there would be a serious risk of harm to public welfare if people in critical roles are unable to go to their workplace, like air traffic controllers or train signallers.”
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The exemption will only apply to those roles where the absence of staff could lead to a “significant risk of harm”.
Some fully vaccinated people in critical roles including NHS and care staff will no longer need to self-isolate if they are a close contact.
Letters will be sent to eligible individuals to reveal if they qualify for these rules.
Under the current self-isolation rules in England, anyone who is traced as a close contact of a confirmed positive case must isolate for 10 days, whether or not they have received both doses of a vaccine.
But now a list of exempt roles has been published to remove this obligation from key workers in England.
The list of critical worker sectors which are exempt from isolation:
- Civil nuclear
- Digital infrastructure
- Food production and supply
- Veterinary medicines
- Essential chemicals
- Essential transport
- Medical devices
- Clinical consumable supplies
- Emergency services
- Border control
- Essential defence outputs
- Local Government.
Those working in these sectors will be able to leave their isolation to travel to work to do their jobs.
But they must remain at home otherwise.
The exemptions are only intended to run until August 16 and workers are warned that they will only be exempt if their employer has received a letter from the Government on which their name is listed.
The Government added, “this is not a blanket exemption for all workers in a sector”.
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