Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
All Britons should be tested for coronavirus once a month and those who get a negative result must receive a ‘freedom pass’, Jeremy Hunt has said.
The former health secretary has called on ministers to come up with ‘proper incentives’ for people to get tested, self-isolate and receive a vaccine.
His suggestion follows recommendations by behaviour experts advising Downing Street, who said those not infected with the virus should be handed paper wristbands to allow them to return to a more normal life.
The Behavioural Insights team, also known as the ‘Nudge Unit’, also suggested lotteries at testing centres and paying for people’s travel if they go to get tested.
Mr Hunt today pointed to the example of Slovakia’s mass coronavirus testing scheme, where all the countries residents aged between ten and 65 – almost four million people – were swabbed for the virus over a single weekend.
Those that tested negative were presented with a paper certificate and told they no longer needed to follow rules ordering them to stay home.
The UK is also planning to roll out a nationwide mass testing scheme to beat the virus – called ‘Operation Moonshot’ – by weeding out infections that aren’t causing any symptoms.
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Britons who test negative for Covid-19 should be freed from restrictions.
He pointed to Slovakia’s mass testing programme (pictured) where those who tested negative were released from lockdown rules
In Slovakia, everyone who tested negative was handed a paper certificate (pictured)
Writing in , the chair of Parliament’s Health and https://dietconsultin.blogspot.com/2020/11/ultimate-good-site.html Social Care Committee said Britain should ‘go further’ to encourage more people to get tested for Covid-19.
He warned although the country has a Plan A to end the pandemic – a vaccine – it also needs a watertight Plan B.
‘We should go further, offering people who comply with testing and isolation requirements a “freedom pass” that removes the requirement to follow lockdown regulations,’ he wrote.
‘In Slovakia they gave those with negative results a certificate that released them from curfew and allowed them to go out, shop, and go to work.