British eyes testing COVID-19 passports at mass gatherings


London — The UK will test a series of measures, including “Coronavirus Status Certification”, over the next few weeks to see if people can safely return to mass rallies at sports arenas, nightclubs and concerts. I am planning to do it.

People attending various events this month and May, such as clubnights and major FA Cup soccer matches, should be tested both before and after. The trial also collects evidence of how different approaches to ventilation and social distance can facilitate large-scale events.

Authorities are also expected to show if a person has been vaccinated, has recently been negative for the virus, or has some immunity due to being infected with the coronavirus in the last 6 months. Have a plan to test.

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People are enjoying the clear skies of Sefton Park in Liverpool, England on April 4, 2021. (PeterByrne / PA via AP)

Vaccine passport issues are a hotly debated topic around the world, including the United States and Israel. The question is how much government, employers, places, and other places have the right to know about a person’s viral status. Many people disagree on what is the right balance between an individual’s right to medical privacy and the collective right of a group of people who are not infected with a dangerous illness from others.

Some critics also say that such vaccine passports will allow discrimination against poor people and poor countries who are not ready for the vaccine.

People walk by trees blooming on a sunny spring day in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
People walk by a tree that blooms on a sunny spring day in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, on April 4, 2021. (PA via Jacob King / AP)

UK officials say the pass may include the use of apps or paper certificates for those who do not have access to digital options.

However, British sports minister Nigel Huddleston told reporters that “early pilots will almost certainly not include a certification component,” but will include testing before and after the event. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will release details about his coronavirus passport on Monday.

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On April 4, 2021, people jog past the “National COVID Memorial Wall” on the south bank of the Thames, in front of St. Thomas Hospital and opposite the Parliament Building in London. (TonyHicks / AP Photo)

“We are doing everything we can to allow the country to reopen so that people can return to events, trips and other things they like as safely as possible. These reviews It plays an important role in achieving this, “says Johnson. ..

Dozens of British lawmakers, including Johnson’s own Conservative lawmaker, are opposed to the plan.

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On April 4, 2021, a woman draws a heart on the “National COVID Memorial Wall” on the south bank of the Thames, in front of St. Thomas Hospital and opposite the Parliament Building in London. (TonyHicks / AP Photo)

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove, who headed the task force responsible for planning, admitted that the vaccine passport raised “many practical and ethical issues.”

According to people familiar with the matter, the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium in London later this month will attract 4,000 spectators at 90,000 stadiums and 21,000 spectators on May 15. Includes the finals of.

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The family is enjoying Finsbury Park’s Boat Lake as the blockade began to be eased in London on April 2, 2021. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo)

Other upcoming trial events include the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, central England. Club nights in the warehouse and comedy club events in Liverpool. Three marathon races with thousands of runners.

The news about the trial came when British companies such as pubs, restaurants, unwanted stores and beauty salons were preparing to welcome their customers as UK regulations were relaxed. According to authorities, 47% of the country’s population has been vaccinated first, and more than 5 million people in the UK have been vaccinated second.

Pigeons fly to enjoy the lake for boating with their families
As the blockade begins to ease in London on April 2, 2021, pigeons will fly with their families enjoying the boat lake at Finsbury Park. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo)

The Johnson administration is also expected to come up with an approach to ease restrictions on overseas travel next week. According to media reports, when the UK’s current foreign holiday ban is lifted, a risk-based signaling system will be introduced to evaluate countries around the world, requiring travelers to quarantine accordingly.

Details will be announced on April 12 when the Government Task Force on World Travel reports. The government states that international vacation trips cannot be made until mid-May at the earliest.

Last week, the UK added four more countries to the Red List of travel-banned countries, with the exception of UK citizens and right-to-resident countries. By April 9, the UK Red List will be up to 39 countries. This is intended to prevent more viral variants, especially those first detected in Brazil and South Africa, from invading the United Kingdom.

Despite Britain’s success in vaccination, it still has the highest reported COVID-19 deaths in Europe, killing about 127,000 people.

Infectious diseases are significantly reduced in the UK. The government on Sunday reported only 2,297 confirmed new daily cases and 10 additional deaths. This equates to approximately 70,000 new cases per day and up to 1,800 COVID-19 deaths per day in January.

The latest numbers may have been lower than expected due to late reporting on the Easter weekend.

Silvia Hui

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