Already, factories, pubs, restaurants and schools are reporting staff shortages resulting from quarantine guidance, which in England and Wales, for at least another month, still applies to people who are fully vaccinated.
New figures published this week show the National Health Service covid-19 app sent more than 520,000 exposure notifications between July 1 and 7 — up 46 percent from the previous week and a record high. The app, which has been downloaded more than 26 million times, was not in as widespread use during previous waves of the virus in Britain. But the numbers still reflect a high level of community spread. On Friday, the United Kingdom reported 51,870 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily figure in six months.