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'Pingdemic' grips Britain as fears of food shortages grow

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LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) - British Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said he was concerned by a so called 'pingdemic' in which hundreds of thousands of workers have been told to isolate by a government app as fears grew of food and fuel shortages.

"We're very concerned about the situation," Kwarteng said when asked about reports of empty supermarket shelves in some areas. "We're monitoring the situation."

Britain’s food supply chains are “right on the edge of failing” as absence related to COVID-19 has aggravated a critical shortage of labour, a meat industry body said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kate Holton)