Six cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been found in Scotland, and several countries, including parts of South Africa, have been added to the UK’s red list for international travel.
Poor morale and concerns over mandatory vaccinations mean that the care sector is struggling to keep roles filled.
Supermarket chain Morrisons has come under fire after outlining a policy that will mean unvaccinated employees are not entitled to sick pay if they have to self-isolate.
Employers risk breaking the law as they respond to UK government guidance about policing staff vaccination.
One in four employers are not giving their staff paid time off to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, according to conciliation service Acas.
Last Friday (6 August) media company CNN fired three unvaccinated employees who violated company policy by coming to work unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Amazon, Metro Bank, Sky and Three UK have joined a growing list of employers encouraging their staff to get vaccinated in partnership with the UK government.