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Shop shortages bite as 'pingdemic' threatens to empty supermarket shelves across country

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Daily Star's biggest headlines straight to your inbox!The government faces pressure to ease restrictions on people told to self-isolate by Test and Trace from supermarkets who say they are facing staff shortages.With Covid cases surging due to the super-spreadable Delta variant, up to a million Brits have been told to isolate by the NHS app in the past few days alone.Iceland boss Richard Walker told GMB his firm had hired 2,000 temp staff to cover absences in the past few days alone.But he said the budget grocery chain was still forced to shutter "a number of stores" after 1,000 staff members - nearly 4% of the company's employees - were pinged by the app.What do you think about this story?

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