The British government is trying to mitigate the labor turmoil caused by Omicron


London — The UK Government is in the public sector to test emergency response plans for the worst-case scenario of 25% staff absence as part of an effort to minimize the disruption caused by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. I requested the administrator of.

The government said in a statement that businesses and public services will face turmoil in the coming weeks as daily infections hit record highs and those with positive tests need to be quarantined for at least seven days. Expect.

“So far, the turmoil caused by Omicron has been suppressed in most parts of the public sector, but public sector leaders plan for the worst-case scenario of 10%, 20%, and 25% of the absence of the workforce. You are asked to test. “

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged ministers to work closely with their respective departments to develop a strong emergency response plan, said the Cabinet Office coordinating government efforts.

Omicron’s impact on the supply chain, public services and school workforce is being closely monitored, he said. Mitigation measures being considered include asking retired teachers and other volunteers to return to work.

“Work is underway to identify potential regulatory, policy, or operational changes that may minimize or mitigate potential disruptions,” the Cabinet Office said.

The daily number of new COVID-19 infections across the UK rose to a record 189,846 on Friday, much higher than at previous peaks.

However, hospitalizations and deaths remain at much lower levels than in previous waves.

By Estelle Shirbon