Mounting public anger at the ‘pingdemic’ has led to a mass revolt against the NHS Covid app and self-isolation rules, a poll reveals today.
Nearly one in four people has deleted or switched off the app – and millions more say they will refuse to isolate if ‘pinged’. The backlash has been fuelled by the row over Boris Johnson’s initial attempt to avoid going into self-isolation after he was in contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who contracted the virus.
A total of 72 per cent of people say the Government’s Covid stance has been a ‘shambles’ in the past few days.
But despite worries that Mr Johnson may be relaxing the rules too quickly, the poll for the Daily Mail shows clear backing for his ‘if not now, when?’ approach to controlling the virus.
If Covid deaths remain low and most of those who need hospital treatment have not been vaccinated, voters are opposed to renewed curbs – unless there is a full-scale NHS crisis. In other developments:
- The UK recorded another 46,558 Covid cases and a further 96 deaths – up from 50 a week earlier;
- Self-isolation rules descended into chaos after two ministers said people did not have to obey alerts from the NHS app – only for No 10 to say it was ‘crucial’ they did so;
- Ministers are considering requiring drinkers to prove they have had the vaccine in order to go to the pub this autumn;
- Over a million pupils were absent from school for Covid-related reasons last week – a record high since classes fully reopened in March;
- Ministers insisted Spain was unlikely to be added imminently to the ‘amber-plus’ list of countries.