Royal Mail publishes list of Covid blackspots

Royal Mail has published a list of 28 areas suffering from limited delivery services as more of its workforce is affected by Covid-19.

The zones – comprising 27 in England and one in Northern Ireland – are no longer receiving regular post because of the high numbers of Royal Mail staff who are either off sick or self-isolating.

The affected areas include 13 in or near London, while others include Leeds City, Chelmsford, Widnes and Margate.

With some affected residents complaining of not having had mail delivered for more than a month, fears have also arisen that elderly residents will not receive notifications of when a coronavirus vaccine is available to them.

Hainault resident Valerie Wallbank told the Ilford Recorder she had not received any mail since December 12.

"It's quite serious," she told the paper. "Some people are not bothered because they do everything online but for some of us it's quite important."

The issue has prompted calls, including from MPs and the Communication Workers Union (CWU), for postal workers to be added to the priority list of people receiving coronavirus vaccinations.

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In a statement published with the list on its website, Royal Mail said it was "working hard to deliver the most comprehensive and high quality service we can to all our customers" despite the pandemic and the associated rise in pressure on delivery resources due to increased online shopping.

"The combination of greatly increased uptake of online shopping, and the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, mean that all delivery companies are experiencing exceptionally high volumes," the statement said.

"Every single parcel and letter is important to us. Despite our best efforts and significant investment in extra resource, some customers may experience slightly longer delivery timescales than our usual service standards.

"This is due to the exceptionally high volumes we are seeing, exacerbated by the coronavirus-related measures we have put in place in local mail centres and delivery offices to keep our people and customers safe. In such cases, we always work hard to get back to providing our usual level of service as quickly as we can."

Ilford MP Wes Streeting said while it was understandable that Royal Mail was being affected by the virus, the problems were having "a serious knock-on impact on people getting important NHS correspondence, both about their vaccination and also other routine appointments".

"I have been told locally that Royal Mail are prioritising the delivery of parcels to get the backlog down, but I wonder if there is a way for NHS correspondence to be clearly labelled as such and prioritised for delivery," Mr Streeting told The Daily Telegraph. "No one wants to see a situation where people are missing their vaccination appointments."

On its website, Royal Mail advises people in the regions who have been left a "Something for you" card from the service to check its website to learn revised opening hours for when they can collect the item.

"If we've not left a 'Something for you card', and you do not have alternative arrangements in place, we're sorry that your mail will not be available for collection," the advice says.

The Daily Mail has reported the CWU has called for the Government to prioritise postal workers on the list of people in line to receive Covid vaccinations, and that BT has also called for its engineers to be added to help with its call-out capabilities.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: An air Ambulance arrives at The Royal London Hospital in London, U.K., on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major incident in the U.K. capital on Friday and warned the state-run National Health Service is at risk of being overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Paramedics push a patient from an ambulance into The Royal London Hospital in London, U.K., on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major incident in the U.K. capital on Friday and warned the state-run National Health Service is at risk of being overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A young man wearing a face mask waits beside government messaging telling people to stay at home, displayed at a bus stop in Whitechapel in London, England, on January 9, 2021. England began a third national lockdown on Tuesday in a bid to stem coronavirus transmission across the country. In the capital, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday declared a 'major incident' for the city over coronavirus pressures, warning that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed with patients with covid-19. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 9: Police detain several anti lockdown protestors in Brockwell park Brixton whom had initially gathered near Windrush square before heading into the park on January 9, 2021 in London, England. Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has filmed an advert for HM Government warning that people should stay home as the COVID-19 virus is spreading across the country. Despite these warnings the protest group StandUpX are demonstrating against coronavirus lockdown measures and vaccines. ( Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
Ambulances outside the Royal London Hospital, after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan declared a "major incident" as the spread of coronavirus threatens to "overwhelm" the capital's hospitals. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
HYDE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: A woman sits in her car as she is administered the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination centre at Hyde Leisure Centre on January 08, 2021 in Hyde, England. The coronavirus drive-through vaccine centre is believed to be the first in the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09: Elodie, a young resident, wears a mask as she rides her bike, on January 09, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. According to reports, Queensland has recorded no new cases of coronavirus overnight as Brisbane residents remain under lockdown. Greater Brisbane is under a three-day lockdown until 6 pm on Monday, January 12 after a cleaner working at one of the city's quarantine hotels tested positive for a new variant of the Covid-19 strain that originated in the UK. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)
A couple wear face coverings as they stroll past illuminated trees on the Southbank in London, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a new national lockdown for England which means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A man wearing a face covering walks past the London Eye in London, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a new national lockdown for England which means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Ellen Prosser, known as Nell, who is 100 years old, receives the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from Dr Nikki Kanani at the Sunrise Care Home in London, as the government continues to ramp up the vaccination program. (Kirsty O'Connor/Pool Photo via AP)
An advert shows the word 'Hope' at an unusually quiet Piccadilly Circus, in the normally busy tourist and sightseeing area of London, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a new national lockdown for England which means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
People outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, Thursday Jan. 7, 2021, join in applause during the nationwide Clap for Heroes event to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in the latest lockdown. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
The London Eye on the bank of the River Thames is lit with blue lights to show support for the NHS in London, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Buildings across the country are being lit with blue lights to thank the work by NHS staff in caring for people during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A woman wearing a face mask, walks across Westminster Bridge past the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a new national lockdown for England which means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Police officers detain a protestor during an anti-COVID-19 lockdown demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on January 6, 2021. - Britain toughened its coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, with England and Scotland going into lockdown and shutting schools, as surging cases have added to fears of a new virus variant. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers attempt to detain a protestor and his dog during an anti-COVID-19 lockdown demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on January 6, 2021. - Britain toughened its coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, with England and Scotland going into lockdown and shutting schools, as surging cases have added to fears of a new virus variant. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
People walk by coronavirus-themed graffiti on Meriden Street in Birmingham. Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a new national lockdown for England which means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
A few shoppers at Bullring Open Market in Birmingham, England, Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021, as food stalls are permitted to remain open during the latest lockdown restrictions. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a new national lockdown for England which means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. (Jacob King/PA via AP)
Workers sit amongst empty market stalls in Leeds, northern England on January 6, 2021, on the second day of Britain's national lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19. - Britain toughened its coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, with England and Scotland going into lockdown and shutting schools, as surging cases have added to fears of a new virus variant. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman runs past some graffiti in Edinburgh, the morning after stricter COVID-19 lockdown measures came into force for mainland Scotland, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2021. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: Evie the bulldog looks out of a front window as children Eryn, Ewen, Gwen, Emily and Olivia watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson make a televised announcement on January 04, 2021 in Manchester, England. The Prime Minister announced tougher Covid-19 measures following a sharp increase of cases, driven in part by a new variant of the virus that officials say is more infectious. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
A family in Knutsford, Cheshire, watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson making a televised address to the nation from 10 Downing Street, London, setting out new emergency measures to control the spread of coronavirus in England. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 05: Ambulances line up as a government sponsored electronic sign gives out coronavirus pandemic information to visitors and staff at the Aintree University Hospital on January 05, 2021 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. British Prime Minister Johnson made a national television address on Monday evening announcing England is to enter its third coronavirus lockdown within a year. On Monday the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the seventh day in a row. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A quiet Piccadilly Circus, London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a new national lockdown for England which means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
IMAGE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK Paramedics transfer a patient from an ambulance into Southend University hospital in Essex, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a new national lockdown for England which means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: A sign warning of the rising cases of Coronavirus on January 05, 2021 in London, England. British Prime Minister made a national television address on Monday evening announcing England is to enter its third coronavirus lockdown of the year. On Monday the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the seventh day in a row. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A man walks by an almost deserted Victoria Square in Birmingham during the first day of the new national lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a new national lockdown for England which means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a visit to view the vaccination programme at the Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Monday Jan. 4, 2021, part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Johnson warned Sunday that more onerous lockdown restrictions in England are likely in the coming weeks as the country reels from a coronavirus variant that has pushed infection rates to their highest recorded levels. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)
82-year-old Brian Pinker receives the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Sam Foster at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, England, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Pinker, a retired maintenance manager received the first injection of the new vaccine developed by between Oxford University and drug giant AstraZeneca. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 04: Members of the public walk through a deserted Edinburgh City Centre on January 4, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Scottish Parliament will be recalled this afternoon to consider further coronavirus measure in an attempt to tackle the rapid increase in cases. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Practice Sister Tina Sutton (L) hands over an information leaflet after administering a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine to Derek Davies Games at the Pontcae Medical Practice in Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales on January 4, 2021. - Britain on Monday began rolling out the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, a possible game-changer in fighting the disease worldwide. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)
Naomi Carpenter, a 20-year-old sports rehab student at Hull University, takes a swab for a lateral flow Covid-19 test at the campus sports facilities on January 4, 2021, as students return to the university. - Britain -- one of the worst-affected countries by the global health crisis, with more than 75,000 deaths -- is pinning its hopes on the jab as the mainstay of its mass vaccination drive. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
John Murphy CEO of Oasis Community Learning unboxes gloves at Oasis Academy Coulsdon in Coulsdon, south London. A mass testing programme is being executed in schools across England to safely accept pupils back into the classroom. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Pupils arrive at Manor Park School and Nursery in Knutsford, Cheshire, as schools across England return after the Christmas break. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
A view of a poster informing on Coronavirus safety measures outside Floreat Wandsworth Primary School in Wandsworth as primary schools across London and the south east of England will remain closed until January 18 due to high coronavirus infection rates, on 03 January 2021 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Paramedics wheel a patient into the Royal London Hospital in east London on January 3, 2021. - The British prime minister said on January 3 he was "reconciled" to the prospect of tougher restrictions to combat spiralling coronavirus cases. Health Services are under increasing pressure after record levels of daily lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 has led to more patients being treated in hospital in England than during the initial peak of the outbreak in April. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Ambulances are seen outside the Emergency Department of St Thomas' Hospital in London on January 3, 2021. - The British prime minister said on January 3 he was "reconciled" to the prospect of tougher restrictions to combat spiralling coronavirus cases. Health Services are under increasing pressure after record levels of daily lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 has led to more patients being treated in hospital in England than during the initial peak of the outbreak in April. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Ambulances parked outside the ExCeL in east London which is the site of one of a number of Nightingale hospitals prepared last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and which the NHS says is being reactivated and made ready to admit patients as hospitals in the capital struggle as Covid patients numbers rise. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Ashford (TN23-TN27)

Barnsley (S70, S71, S72 and S75)

Basildon (SS13-SS16)

Bow (E3)

Bury St Edmunds (IP28-IP33)

Chelmsford (CM1-CM3)

Christchurch (BH23)

Daventry (NN11)

Debden (IG7-IG10)

Enfield (EN1-EN3)

Grays (RM16-RM20)

Hampton (TW12)

Highbury (N5)

Hornsey (N8)

Horsham (RH12, RH13)

Ilford (IG1-IG6)

Leeds City (LS1-LS5)

Lewisham (SE13)

Magherafelt (BT45, BT46)

Margate (CT7-CT9)

Rugeley (WS15)

Somerton (TA11)

South Ockendon (RM15)

South Woodford (E18)

Upper Holloway (N7)

Wandsworth (SW18)

Wellington (TA21)

Widnes (WA8)

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