Tony Blair warns 10MILLION people will be isolated in pingdemic by August 16

Tony Blair warns 10MILLION people will be isolated in pingdemic by August 16
Tony Blair warns 10MILLION people will be isolated in pingdemic by August 16

Tony Blair has warned that 10million people will be isolating because of the 'pingdemic' by August 16 and the economy will be plunged into chaos. 

Yesterday, the number of daily coronavirus cases hit 54,674, with 740 patients admitted to hospital and 41 deaths.  

And 530,126 alerts telling people to self-isolate were sent out in the week to July 7 - a 46 per cent rise on the week before. 

Mr Blair, 68, has an Institute for Global Change that is due to publish a report tomorrow which predicts that the number of people forced to isolate because of the Test and Trace app could reach 10million by August 16. 

On that date a 'test to release' scheme is expected to come into play which would let people stop self-isolating if they get a negative test result.   

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Mr Blair, 68, has an Institute for Global Change that is due to publish a report tomorrow which predicts that the number of people forced to isolate because of the Test and Trace app could reach 10million by August 16

Mr Blair, 68, has an Institute for Global Change that is due to publish a report tomorrow which predicts that the number of people forced to isolate because of the Test and Trace app could reach 10million by August 16

The report, Risks and Restrictions: Striking the Right Balance, will advise that people who have had both vaccines or is under 18 shouldn't have to self-isolate. And that people who have received one dose should be entitled to a 'fast release' if they test negative four days after being pinged. 

And he adds that quarantine should be shortened from 10 days to seven even if someone tests positive. 

He told The Sunday Times: 'The starting point for me is that you've got to have a consistent risk calculus. There's no point trying to obliterate risk in one part of the landscape while you're opening yourself up to substantial risk in another part.' 

He added that treating vaccinated and unvaccinated people differently is the only way to achieve a 'consistent approach to risk'.  

Boris Johnson cancelled plans for a Churchillian launch of Freedom Day after No 10 became alarmed by the surge in the number of infections.

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Officials had discussed marking the lifting of Covid restrictions with a rousing speech by the Prime Minister at an historic venue associated with the wartime leader – until scientific advisers took

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