Also in Indonesia, a man with coronavirus was removed from a plane after boarding a domestic flight disguised as his wife.
The man, who the Associated Press reports was wearing a niqab and carrying fake ID and a negative PCR test, was spotted after an attendant on the flight from Jakarta to Ternate noticed him changing clothes in the toilet. He was subsequently arrested when the plane landed.
“He bought the plane ticket with his wife’s name and brought the identity card, the PCR test result and the vaccination card with his wife’s name. All documents are under his wife’s name,” Ternate police chief, Aditya Laksimada, said.
UK shadow home secretary warns: "We can't afford to have a summer of chaos"
The UK shadow home secretary has warned “we can’t afford to have a summer of chaos” as he urged the government to “take responsibility” for rising infections and ensuring that essential supplies and services can continue.
Speaking to Sky News, Nick Thomas-Symonds, shadow Home Secretary and Welsh Labour MP for Torfaen, refused to be drawn on exactly who should be on a self-isolation exemption list for those “pinged” by the NHS app, but that food workers and lorry drivers could be considered.
He said he is concerned about the growing infections because of the way the government has “recklessly” removed Covid restrictions, but added: “Of course we cant have a country where essential supplies have actually been cut off”.
UK food stores could be forced to close due to Covid self-isolation rules, the British Retail Consortium warns
The chief executive of the British Retail Consortium has warned that some food retailers will be forced to close shops due to the numbers of staff having to self-isolate after being “pinged” by the NHS app.
But Helen Dickinson urged people not to panic, adding: “There’s plenty of food in the country.”
She said some parts of the country are worse hit than others but that fear is growing among business owners. Self-isolation rules are currently not planned to change until August 16.
“Right now that feels a long time away given the rises that we’re seeing in case numbers,” Dickinson told BBC breakfast.
“There will be many smaller businesses where if they only have one or two staff and they need to self-isolate, then that’s them needing to close their doors completely. “What is the most important thing is that people don’t panic because there’s no need to panic, because there’s plenty of food in the country.”