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Brits who have two negative coronavirus tests a week could be given a 'freedom pass' which allows them to live as normal life as possible, according to reports.
Whitehall officials are said to be developing the scheme to try and get the country back to normal next year.
People found to be Covid-free would be given a document accessed on their phone which allows them to move around freely, under the proposed plan which has not yet been given the green light.
Regular tests would be needed to qualify for the 'certificates' which could see those with freedom passes no longer need to wear face coverings in public spaces.
But for the scheme to work, the Government would need to be able to carry out millions of tests a day.
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A source told the Telegraph: “They will allow someone to wander down the streets, and if someone else asks why they are not wearing a mask, they can show the card, letter or an app.”
The source added that the passes would allow people “to see their family, and normal social distancing rules will not apply”.
According to the report, the plan has the backing of former health secretary Jeremy Hunt who said he supported “offering people who comply with testing and isolation requirements a ‘freedom pass’ that removes the requirement to follow lockdown regulations”
A similar scheme was considered back in April with ministers mentioning possible immunity certificates for people who had developed resistance to coronavirus.
But the scheme was never rolled out.
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A Department for Health and Social Care spokesman told the Telegraph that guidance on infection and control measures was constantly under review.
The report comes as it emerged Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new tier system of coronavirus restrictions when the lockdown in England ends on December 2.
The measures will be similar to the ones in place before a second lockdown was introduced on November 5, but it is believed they will be stricter.
Regular tests would be needed for the scheme to work
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The Prime Minister is expected to detail his plan for winter to MPs on Monday as he sets out how people can see their loved ones at Christmas.
The tiers are expected to be strengthened to safeguard gains made during national lockdown and the Cabinet is expected to discuss and sign off the plan today.