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Brits who test positive for Covid may get three-month ‘freedom pass’ after quarantining for two weeks


A POSITIVE Covid test could soon mean a three-month “freedom pass” for patients after quarantining for two weeks.

Government advisor Prof Sir John Bell said they would be protected for at least 90 days so should be able to do what they want.

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Government advisor Prof Sir John Bell said Brits who test positive for coronavirus should be protected for at least 90 days

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Government advisor Prof Sir John Bell said Brits who test positive for coronavirus should be protected for at least 90 daysCredit: PA:Press Association

He told the Commons Science Committee the policy would lead to people queuing for tests, rather than avoiding them.

The University of Oxford expert said it would “reopen society” and get people back on trains, in cinemas and to football matches.

The rapid pregnancy-style tests could also spare contacts of infected patients from isolating.

He suggested they are tested every couple of days and allowed to live as normal if they are found to be virus-free.

He said: “We are living in a world where we need to reopen society back up again and we need a structure to do that.

“And at the moment we don’t have that structure because the whole philosophy has ‘let’s beat them up with a stick’ rather than ‘let’s give them a carrot’.”

Studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the tests were being published today, with the results expected to be “very impressive”.

 

People given the jab should also be free to return to social events, Sir John added.

NHS Test and Trace chair Baroness Harding said work is being carried out on allowing people to “do more things” if they had either natural or vaccine-acquired immunity.

That could mean allowing the NHS Covid-19 app to record whether someone has had a vaccine, she told the committee.

Prof Sir John Bell says the policy would lead to people queuing for tests, rather than avoiding them

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Prof Sir John Bell says the policy would lead to people queuing for tests, rather than avoiding themCredit: Reuters
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