Coronavirus | British PM Johnson drops plans to test coronavirus certificates

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Coronavirus | British PM Johnson drops plans to test coronavirus certificates

As Boris Johnson is expected to publish more details about coronavirus passports on Monday, the British leader will remove the use of vaccination certificates in pubs and restaurants because of political and industry opposition.

We are doing everything we can to make this possible so that people can return to the events, travel and other things they love as safely as possible, and these reviews will play an important role in allowing this to happen, Johnson said.

Britain is planning a series of trials including coronavirus status certifications over the coming weeks to see if the government can allow people to safely return to mass gatherings at sports arenas, nightclubs and concerts.

People attending a range of events this month and in May, including a club night and key FA Cup matches, will need to be tested both before and after. The trials also gather evidence on how ventilation and different approaches to social distancing could enable large events to continue.

It is not just about certification, actually the earlier programs, the earlier pilots almost certainly will not involve any element of certification but it will involve testing, making sure people are tested before and after the event, he said. What we will be looking at is the safety measures, so ventilation, one-way systems, hygiene measures, all of these things to help inform long-term decision making.

Officials are also developing plans to test COVID-19 passports, which are expected to show if a person has recently tested negative for the virus or has some immunity due to having had coronavirus in the last six months.

Dozens of British lawmakers, including some from Johnson's own Conservative Party, have opposed the passport plans.

David Davis called Tory Civil Liberties Campaigner and former Minister Tory un-British.

If we do n't do this for flu, flu can kill up to 25,000 people a year, he said. Vaccines will reduce this illness by killing a lot less than that every year, then we will have to accommodate it but not by removing our basic freedoms.

FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO GET HONEY BY CLICKING HERE The question is how much government, employers, venues and other places have the right to know about a person's virus status?

Many disagree over what the right balance is between a person's right to collective privacy and the medical right of people not to be infected. Some critics also say vaccine passports enable discrimination against impoverished people and poor nations who do not have easy access to vaccines. Britain is looking to address a host of wide and ethical questions that must be addressed before any practical rollout.

The businesses of England, including pubs, restaurants, nonessential shops and hairdressers, are set to welcome back customers next week as restrictions ease in the UK.


Officials say 47% of the nation has had a second vaccine dose and more than 5 million people in the U.K. have received their first shot.

Despite Britain's success on the vaccination front, it still has the highest reported COVID 19 death toll in Europe at around 127,000 deaths.

In Britain, infections have been confirmed on Sunday by the government only 2,297 confirmed new daily cases and 10 deaths.

That compares to almost 70,000 daily new cases and up to 1,800 daily COVID 19 deaths in January.

The latest figures were likely lower than expected because of a lag in reporting during Easter weekend. Associated Press contributed to this report.

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