Royal Mail said on Tuesday that 28 areas in the UK are no longer receiving regular post as its workforce has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” it said.
It said the company will “work hard to get back to providing our usual level of service as quickly as we can.”
Some UK residents have complained in recent months that they had not received mail for weeks.
A Royal Mail spokesperson told the local paper that the company had staff absences linked to the CCP virus, with 40 percent of staff in the area off sick before the Christmas holidays.
Wes Streeting, Labour MP for Ilford, said he is concerned about residents not receiving letters from the National Health Service (NHS) inviting them to get vaccinated against the CCP virus.
“More than half a million letters inviting people to be vaccinated will be sent in the coming days. @RoyalMail delays have been so bad—because COVID is knocking out staff—that I am worried about them arriving,” he wrote on Twitter.