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UK Government Researching 'Covid Passports' So Negative Testers Can Go To Work And Pubs

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UK Government Researching 'Covid Passports' So Negative Testers Can Go To Work And Pubs

The UK government has given approval for companies to start working to devise a scheme that would allow people to return to the pub with a Covid 'passport' proving that they aren't carrying the virus, according to a new report.

Whilst there are no plans currently to introduce the scheme, firms have been told that they can start developing systems to explore the possibility in future.

It's not just pubs, either.

If you had a coronavirus negative passport it would make everything easier, that means going to work, going to school, or going to sporting events would be possible, so long as you can prove that you aren't carrying the virus and have tested negative.

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The idea is that you'll have an app upon which your status is logged, and that app will produce a QR code that can be scanned at places you wish to go in order to prove you're virus-free.

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A Department of Health source told MailOnline that the scheme is still in the early stages, and isn't likely to be imminently introduced.

They said: "It is about looking at ways we could use this in future.

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"It is looking at whether it would be possible. There are no plans to introduce immunity passports."

The technology would work on smartphones linked to a digital passport that would feature a photograph of the person in question, so as to stop imitation.

The contracts that have been agreed only refer to Covid test passports at this stage.

The Department of Health and Social Care is 'continually exploring ways in which we can return to normality', which includes looking into ways that technology can be developed to help out.

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A spokesperson said: "We have no plans to introduce immunity passports following this vaccination programme."

Still, it's a nice idea. We can all dream, right?

Hopefully, once the vaccination programme starts to really ramp up we won't need them.

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For now, however, the situation remains incredibly serious. Downing Street's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has warned that the UK could be brought into further chaos and uncertainty by the new variant, which is thought to be up to 70 percent more infectious.

He warned: "The evidence on this virus is it spreads easily, it's more transmissible.

"We absolutely need to make sure we have the right level of restrictions in place.

"I think it is likely that this will grow in numbers of the variant across the country and I think it's likely, therefore, that measures will need to be increased in some places, in due course, not reduced. I think it is the case that this will spread more."

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Topics: UK News, Coronavirus, Politics

Tom Wood
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