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UK to test “covid passports” at cinemas and events – ZAP

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The British Government will start testing covid-19 “passports” this month in cinemas and sporting events as part of the strategy of gradually reducing restrictions in the country, where half the adult population has already taken a dose of the vaccine.

With these passports, people will be able to prove that they have been vaccinated, who have a negative test for covid-19 or antibodies after beating the disease, according to local media reports.

The aim is that this kind of certificates – against which several deputies have spoken out – can contribute to the safe return of spectators to events such as football games, conferences, cinemas or even discos, without the need to impose social distance.

Rehearsals start this month and run until mid-May, involving events such as the Football Association Cup semifinal, which will take place in Sheffield, and theaters.

A BBC reported that the British National Health System (NHS) is working on a system that allows people to demonstrate their health status in relation to covid-19 through an application or a paper certificate.

The government led by Boris Johnson, the state television channel also mentions, is also listening to experts to learn how to deal with the absence of these certificates in the case of people who cannot be vaccinated.

What is certain is that the Government does not want “passports” to be used to enter stores that sell non-essential products, whose reopening is scheduled for April 12.

Details of the decommissioning plan are expected to be revealed this Monday by Boris Johnson, including travel authorizations to and from abroad.

On the other hand, the channel moves forward even though Boris Johnson announced a new advertising campaign mass testing, in which everyone in England will be able to test Covid-19 twice a week, starting on April 9th.

The aim of the new mass testing program is to break transmission chains and detect cases without symptoms, at a time when the country is distrusting. The health secretary said that this measure would help prevent any outbreaks.

The country will announce this Monday the plan for the resumption of international travel, which will consist of a color system, known as “traffic light“, Depending on the level of risk in each country. The provisional date for this resumption is May 17th.

Anyone traveling to countries with “green” signage – that is, with low risk of contagion – will test covid-19 before and after the trip.

Those who go to countries with a “yellow” or “red” risk will have to isolate themselves later.

Currently, people arriving from outside the UK are required to be detained for 10 days.

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