Digital health passport could end social distancing – it just costs £15 per person

A digital health passport, developed by a UK company, could be a way to open large venues up again safely (Credits: PA) A secure digital health passport system costing £15 a head could be the key to ending social distancing in sports and other entertainment venues, according to its developers.

Spectators would be tested for coronavirus in the days immediately prior to attending an event, and if the test is negative their unique digital passport would be scanned, verified and approved by venue officials from a distance of up to 100 metres.

The technology verifies a person’s identity from their official passport document which has been uploaded and then compares the person’s identity using facial recognition.

Developers say the Covid-19 Rapid Test, which involves the finger being pricked to draw blood, takes one minute to administer and 10 minutes to deliver a result. The tests are 97.5 per cent accurate and test for early-stage infection, acute-phase infection and post-infection for the production of antibodies.

The inventors of the V-Health Passport have submitted their proposals for pilot tests, called Fans Are Back, to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with spectators set to return to venues on a socially distanced basis from October 1.

Mass gatherings have been banned since March to limit the spread of the virus.

The V-Health Passport is a digital passport is being pushed by its developers as a way to end social distancing safely (VST Enterprises/PA Wire) Premier League clubs are understood to be keen to be involved in trials with spectators during pre-season friendlies next month, and the league is one of a large number of competition organisers in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States who V-Health Passport representatives have been in contact with.

Teams and governing bodies are united in the view that it is not financially viable to open venues at anything below 50 per cent capacity, so a secure technology solution, coupled with a rapid testing kit, is vital in getting fans back into stadiums.

V-Health Passport – invented by Manchester-based VST Enterprises Ltd – is working with a healthcare partner, Latus Health, sports managers REDSTRIKE and event management firm HALO Solutions and is proposing pilot programmes involving between 500 and 5,000 spectators initially.

However, its chief executive and inventor Louis-James Davis is confident their system can get even the biggest venues up to full capacity, with those in attendance having the reassurance that they and the people around them are not infectious.

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