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Rise of Omicron subvariants sends UK staff absence soaring

Blow to businesses as 300,000 workers took time off due to Covid last month, with BA.4 and BA.5 the majority of new infections

The rapid spread of Covid-19 infections in the past month has sent the number of workers taking sick leave soaring, according to official figures, making staff shortages even worse and forcing many employers to shut down parts of their business.

Undermining hopes that the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants spreading across the UK would mimic the relatively mild Omicron variant of the virus, employers have reported staff being “knocked out” and too ill to work from home.

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