The Premier League have been alerted to a new app that could speed up the safe return of fans to football, a report by the Mail claims.
The Premier League campaign is currently on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, which is continuing to worsen on a daily basis in the UK, meaning a date for when the remainder of the 2019/20 season can resume is currently anybody’s guess.
But should matches get the green light to resume in the near future, it is highly likely that matches will be staged behind closed doors.
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However, a British tech firm has developed a digital ‘health passport’ which can be scanned to show when somebody has tested negative for coronavirus or has antibodies giving them immunity.
The UK Government is already looking at the technology as a way of helping to get frontline NHS staff back to work in a bid to help the country’s fight against COVID-19. As well as that, it may be used as a method to limit the risk of a second peak after the lockdown restrictions are lifted.
The Mail claim that Richard Masters, the Premier League’s chief executive, is poised to speak with app makers VST Enterprises [VSTE] this week to see if it could be used to check the health of supporters looking to enter stadiums.
The success of the app solely rests on the outcome of mass testing, which, so far, is something that the Government has been unable to carry out.
However, VSTE say they have been working with two companies whose finger prick antibody tests have been approved by the Government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and will arrive inside the next two weeks.
The individual tests would have to be carried out by healthcare professionals before the outcome of the test is uploaded to the patient’s app, which will be called the V-COVID digital health…