‘Freedom passports get go-ahead’ so virus-free Brits can go to work and pub

Covid "passports" which prove patients are coronavirus -free are being developed to allow Brits back into pubs, offices and schools.

Firms have been told to begin "exploratory work" on the so-called "Freedom" passes, according to reports.

It could come in the shape of a phone app that offers a scannable QR code that will prove they do not have the bug.

A source said the plans were at an early stage, The Mirror reported.

According to quotes given to the Daily Mail, a government insider said: "It is about looking at ways we could use this in future. It is looking at whether it would be possible.

"There are no plans to introduce immunity passports."

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According to reports it would be used on phones which then link to a digital passport that carries a photo of the person.

So far it is understood only refer to Covid tests, unlike previous reports that suggested plans were in the work for a vaccine passport.

The Department of Health and Social Care said it was "continually exploring ways in which we can return to normality," including through technology.

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

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Ministers previously ruled out introducing passports for those who have had a vaccine.

It comes as more parts of England look set to be shoved into Tier Four as cases of coronavirus surge.

Several other parts of the country now appear to be at risk of the measures, with Bolton, Lincoln, Stoke-on-Trent and Rushmoor, on the border of Surrey, all spiking.

It is unclear if these areas will be forced into tougher restrictions before Christmas but a review of where is expected before the year's end.

According to Public Health England data, Boston and Lincoln, in Lincolnshire, each have around 400 cases per 100,000 people.

Stoke-on-Trent and East Staffordshire, which each have more than 300 cases per 100,000 and Rushmoor, has 335 cases per 100,000.

Worryingly, Rushmoor is only in Tier 2, which means people are allowed to mix with loved ones on Christmas Day, despite it having a higher case rate than several Tier 4 areas.

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