1.3M Brits stuck on Covid house arrest with a cold or NO symptoms at all
Around 1.3million people languish under 'Covid house arrest', despite the majority of people having either cold-like symptoms or no symptoms at all.
Business chiefs have today begged Boris Johnson to cut self-isolation as rail services and bin collections grind to a halt.
The PM is facing mounting pressure to trim the quarantine period again from seven days to five after he gathered his Cabinet ministers to sign off on sticking to 'Plan B' restrictions.
As Parliament returns from its Christmas break, Mr Johnson will face a PMQs grilling this afternoon before making a Covid statement to the House.
Testing rules are set to be loosened in an effort to reduce the pressure on the system, with people who are positive on lateral flows spared having to do a confirmatory PCR.
Meanwhile, travel regulations are also due to be overhauled, axing the requirement for tests before arriving in the UK.
However, the PM has up to now batted away calls for a change on self-isolation.
Staff absences are threatening to cripple the country with nearly 1.3million people forced to remain in their houses.
Richard Walker, managing director of the Iceland supermarket chain, warned that although it is coping so far the absentee chart is now 'almost vertical' - with levels more than double the peak of the 'Pingdemic' last year.
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