Covid: Millions could be self-isolating between now and 16 August
The delay to ending quarantine for fully vaccinated contacts of people with Covid could lead to millions being asked to self-isolate this summer.
The knock-on for the economy and workplaces, including the NHS, could be huge, ministers are being warned. The government says close contacts who are double-jabbed will not have to isolate after 16 August in England. However analysis shows more than 4.5 million people could still be asked to self-isolate between now and then.
At Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour leader Keir Starmer accused Boris Johnson of “ignoring the next big problem that’s heading down the track” as he said “millions” would have to self-isolate as cases rose.
“It won’t feel like freedom day to those who have to isolate, when they’re having to cancel their holidays, when they can’t go to the pub or even to their kid’s sports day,” he said.
Mr Johnson said the country was “moving to a system of testing rather than self-isolation”.#
Industry group UK Hospitality said the system was already causing “carnage”. And chief executive Kate Nicholls added the government’s plans did not go “far enough, quickly enough”.
NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, said the rules were causing disruption in the health service too.
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July 26, 2021
To start the week I currently have no live positions, however one currency beginning to catch my eye is sterling. This is mainly due to the fact that the virus data is beginning to slow down suddenly, and people are starting to think the UK could be finally starting to head towards heard immunity. This […]
July 5, 2021
Nonfarm Payrolls came in stronger than consensus on Friday, however this seemed to be priced in already as we didn’t see a significant reaction off the back of those numbers. With EURUSD seeing little movement, I decided to me cash in a small profit at 1.1830 feeling that remaining all square as we entered the […]
July 1, 2021
I stated on Monday I would be looking to enter a short position in EURUSD, which I have now entered today as it started to break below the 2020 lows of 1.1853. However, we then saw slightly weaker ISM figures come out of the US, but the lack of momentum in the reversal has convinced […]
June 28, 2021
To start off this week I will remain all square, as we look to build up to a data driven end to the week with EUR CPI and the obvious Nonfarm Payrolls. I will be looking to hopefully sell the rallies in EURUSD with weaker numbers expected out of Europe. Also I am beginning to […]
June 24, 2021
I started the week buying GBPJPY at 152.65, and as expected we saw a strong bounce in sterling crosses through the week helping drive GBPJPY up to 155.00. And this allowed me to raise my stop to 154.20 Wednesday afternoon to protect a healthy profit. Unfortunately, the hawkish tone beginning to come out of other […]
June 21, 2021
To kick off this week we had GBPJPY trade down to its lowest point since early May at 151.50. However we have seen a solid bounce in the pair back up to the 152.00 level, and this seems to be off the back of USDJPY moving higher, from rising US 10yr yields. So I have […]
June 17, 2021
Earlier this week we saw strong CPI numbers come out of the UK, however this was quickly overshadowed by the FED last night as they released some surprisingly hawkish comments towards tapering. This caused a correction in the USD and drove its crosses lower, with cable now trading around the 1.3940 level. In turn this […]
June 14, 2021
Once again we are coming off another fairly quiet week in the FX market, which seems to be the trend as of late. We have seen Boris Johnson announce a months delay to the full lifting of lockdown restrictions. This seemed to be priced in for sterling as we have not seen a whole lot […]
June 7, 2021
We are coming of a fairly quiet week for markets last week, with slightly weaker NFP numbers coming in on Friday. In my opinion I see these figures putting further pressure on the USD as we head into next week. We saw the support in cable hold at 1.4090 hold and now bounce back up […]
June 3, 2021
We have seen a fairly quiet start to the week, as we are coming off a bank holiday weekend here in the UK. It reflected in my GBPJPY trade which started off quiet, however sterling crosses have seen a slight fall over the last 24 hours. As we saw cable suffer to break through that […]
May 27, 2021
We have not seen too much come out in terms of data so far this week, however my long of GBPJPY has started to come into effect this afternoon. After a fairly quiet start to the week in the pair, its now starting to rise sharply to last weeks highs of 154.80. One of the […]
May 24, 2021
Last Friday we saw a very interesting end to the week, as UK PMI and Retail Sales were both strong beating out consensus. However Lagarde’s comments in the afternoon seemed to prevent any further rise in sterling as we went into the weekend. Maurice highlighted how doses of our vaccination jabs could be effective against […]