Coronavirus: three million Britons did not show up for work the 1st week of January

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The number of infections with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus increased considerably at the start of the year, forcing many people to quarantine themselves.

According to data from the British office GoodShape, relayed by the Bloomberg agency, around 1.3 billion pounds (1.6 billion euros) would have been lost as a result of this widespread absenteeism. Businesses and public services have indeed seen their activities reduced. The UK labor force is estimated at 35 million people.

Given the workforce shortages observed in healthcare and education, the UK is considering relaxing the rules on self-isolation after contact with an infected person. Patients with the omicron variant would also be less contagious, making it possible to shorten quarantine.

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