Britons in self-isolation for Christmas struggle to get delivery slots

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Britons unexpectedly plunged in self-isolation for  are struggling to get last-minute supermarket delivery slots with some joking they will probably be ‘eating cereal’. 

People stuck inside took to social media to report having trouble getting slots before December 25 at the likes of , , Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

One primary school teacher in Scotland said all slots for Asda delivery were ‘sold out for days’ and she was stuck at home in isolation with a nine-month-old baby.

And a London-based user called Hol said there were ‘no delivery slots for groceries online, guess me and Naomi are having cereal for Christmas then.’

A third from Oxford tweeted: ‘Just tested positive for Covid and the first available Tesco delivery slot is January 4, by which time I’ll be out of isolation. Get me off this dismal island.’

But other Britons had more luck using Amazon Fresh, which offers same-day delivery of Morrisons groceries, as well as Co-Op and express grocery firms such as Gorillas. 

And Deliveroo tried to take advantage, emailing its customers to say: ‘Christmas food must-haves – No delivery Slot Online required.’ It added: ‘No more delivery slots to get your Christmas food shop delivered?No worries, Deliveroo has got you covered.’

The situation has not been helped by a shortage of delivery drivers due to high rates of absence in recent weeks caused by the rise of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. 

This comes on top of the shortage that had already been building due to foreign drivers returning to their home countries due to Covid-19 and uncertainty around Brexit, retiring drivers, changes to taxation rates and poor working conditions. 

But some Britons may not even need a delivery anymore, after it was revealed that more than 280,000 people infected with coronavirus and facing Christmas alone can now safely enjoy festivities with their families after a change in isolation rules. 

Those who did manage to get a delivery while isolating also faced problems with what turned up at their door, with Abi Williams from Cheshire tweeting: ‘Brilliant! 

‘Order an Asda delivery for Christmas as I’m now isolating and don’t finish until Christmas Day and the turkey was cancelled!Looks like chicken nuggets will be my Christmas dinner! Thanks, Asda.’

However, she later added that the problem had been resolved and Asda sent her some flowers, saying: ‘Massive thank you to Asda for sorting my turkey problem out! 

‘An easy error to make especially during Christmas but rectified so quickly thank you Vince in head office and to Abi in the Asda Birchwood store!Really appreciate it and the flowers are lovely. Thank you.’  

Deliveroo tried to take advantage of the situation, telling customers: 'No more delivery slots to get your Christmas food shop delivered? No worries, Deliveroo has got you covered'

Deliveroo tried to take advantage of the situation, telling customers: ‘No more delivery slots to get your Christmas food shop delivered?No worries, Deliveroo has got you covered’

Meanwhile Rich Grove from London said: ‘So reliable all year around, Tesco fail to deliver the one item in the year that is needed most, the Christmas Turkey.

‘They replaced this with chicken (not an acceptable substitute) so I am off out in the hope of finding a suitable Turkey before half the neighbourhood wakes up.’ 

And John Robertson from Glasgow added: ‘First and last time getting shopping delivered [frpm] Sainsbury’s. 

‘No turkey, shelf life of Xmas day staples too short, and items I suspect are there but they just don’t want to carry them.So Christmas Day dinner cancelled!

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people infected with coronavirus who faced Christmas alone can now safely enjoy festivities after a change in isolation rules.

Health chiefs today said those who test positive can be released after seven days, rather than 10, providing they take two lateral flow tests at the end of that period.

Infected patients can take the tests 24 hours apart on day six and seven of their isolation period, which if negative means they can stop quarantining. 

This means the 102,875 people who tested positive on December 15, the 95,058 on December 16, and a further 82,945 people who contracted the virus on December 17 will be free to enjoy Christmas together with loved ones under the new rules.  

The UK Health Security Agency said people who leave self-isolation on day seven are strongly advised to limit close contact with other people in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and to continue working from home.

This comes after analysis by the UKHSA suggested that a seven-day isolation period alongside two negative lateral flow test results had nearly the same protective effect as a 10-day isolation period without testing. 

Studies have also demonstrated that lateral flow device (LFD) tests are just as sensitive at detecting the Omicron variant as they are for Delta.

UKHSA chief executive Dr Jenny Harries said anyone with coronavirus symptoms should still get a PCR test as soon as possible. 

Britons plunged in self-isolation for Christmas are struggling to get last-minute supermarket delivery slots (file picture)

Britons plunged in self-isolation for Christmas are struggling to get last-minute supermarket delivery slots (file picture)

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the new advice should help ‘reduce the disruption to people’s everyday lives’, and urged everyone to get the booster jab.  

The UKHSA added that unvaccinated adults who have come into contact with someone infected with coronavirus must still self-isolate until 10 days after their estimated date of exposure.

It comes as Sports Direct today claimed to be the only sporting retailer still able to guarantee online delivery before Christmas.

Chris Wootton, chief financial officer at Frasers Group, said: ‘As we approach the final Christmas stretch, we are proud of our staff, and in particular our retail and warehouse teams, who continue to manage the intensity of orders and deliver right up to the last minute.’

MailOnline has contacted Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s for comment.

A Waitrose spokesman told MailOnline today: ‘We opened our Waitrose.com Christmas week delivery slots in September.While slots were booked quickly, we still have limited availability of delivery and collection slots this week and next. 

‘Waitrose food can also be delivered in as little as 20 minutes from 150 of our shops via Deliveroo with up to 1,000 products available to choose from.’

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