The Chase’s Paul Sinha’s stand-up show cancelled due to ‘pingdemic’

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Paul Sinha’s upcoming stand-up show has been postponed (Picture: ITV/Rex)

Paul Sinha’s upcoming stand-up comedy show has been postponed due to the so-called ‘pingdemic’.

The Chase star, 51, was set to perform his Hazy Little Thing Called Love gig at The Stand in Newcastle on Saturday.

But unfortunately, the venue has suffered a staff shortage, with many of its workers now having to self-isolate after being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace app.

As a result, there will not be enough members of staff on the night to accommodate Paul’s show.

The Stand Newcastle’s official Twitter account first confirmed the news, writing: ‘Due to the #pingdemic we are unable to staff @paulsinha’s show Hazy Little Thing Called Love this Saturday which was due to take place at 4:10pm.

‘Please bear with us whilst we find a rescheduled date. We will be in touch with all bookers ASAP [as soon as possible] with news.’

Paul later reshared the tweet, simply adding: ‘Sorry.’

Fans have expressed their disappointment his gig will not go ahead as planned, but have reassured Paul that it’s not his or The Stand’s fault.

The number of people being instructed to isolate after being in close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case is increasing as infections rise in the country.

A smartphone using the NHS Covid-19 app alerts the user: 'You need to self-isolate'

The number of people being asked to self-isolate is rising (Picture: Getty Images)

The number contacted via the app passed 500,000 for the first time this week and millions are projected to be affected this summer, in a phenomenon that has been dubbed the ‘pingdemic’.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously announced that a list of a small number of critical workers who will be exempt from having to self-isolate if pinged by the app will be made available.

However the list will now not be published, with organisations instead told to request the exemption on an individual basis.

A health expert has since claimed that the recent drop in the number of coronavirus infections could just be a temporary dip, with the effects of Freedom Day on July 19 not yet reflected in the data.

However, the UK’s R rate has remained unchanged for two weeks, despite the many thousands of people isolating.

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