Many experts have been predicting that the relaxing of regulations would lead to a surge in cases as the virus spreads rapidly through the unvaccinated population, which currently stands at 12% of adults and almost all children in England.
But, while nearly seven in 10 adults have the protection of two jabs, currently all of those are required to isolate if told to by NHS Test and Trace.
Several senior politicians including the prime minister, health secretary and opposition leader are among those self-isolating
Ian Wright, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, told Sky News’ Ian King Live programme: “The situation is concerning and it’s up and down the supply chain.
“It’s not consistent across the country. There are some places where shops and factories are working perfectly normally and in other parts… in manufacturing, there are some places where a lot of factories under extreme pressure… because they may have up to 25% of the staff off.
“Increasingly the cause is pinging and it’s getting worse. In manufacturing, it’s certainly a problem. It’s particularly a problem in abattoirs.
“There’s been a lot written about the issues of distribution drivers and HGV. And we know from this morning’s coverage that there were really severe problems in hospitality as well… Where it’s happening, it’s bad.”