Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021
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England’s ‘Freedom Day’ Marred by Isolation Chaos and Warnings of Shortageson July 19, 2021 at 3:55 pm

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LONDON—Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “freedom day” ending over a year of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in England was marred on Monday by warnings of supermarket shortages and his own forced self-isolation. Johnson’s bet that he can get one of Europe’s largest economies firing again because so many people are now vaccinated marks a new chapter in the global response to the coronavirus. If the vaccines prove effective in reducing severe illness and deaths, Johnson’s decision could offer a path out of the worst public health crisis in decades. But Johnson’s big day was marred by “pingdemic chaos” as a National Health Service app ordered hundreds of thousands of people to self-isolate—prompting warnings supermarket shelves could soon be emptied. “If we don’t do it now we’ve got to ask ourselves, when will we ever do it?” Johnson said just hours after he was forced to abandon a plan to dodge the 10-day …

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