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The head of Heathrow supported the deployment of “immunity passports” to allow people to go on vacation earlier.

John Holland-Kaye, managing director of Britain’s busiest airport, said the documents could be delivered to people who have already coronavirus.

But he said there should be a universal system in place “so that we know that your health passport is accepted in the country you are going to.”

John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Airport, speaks at the conference of British Chambers of Commerce in London on February 28, 2017. / AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP via Getty Images)
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John Holland-Kaye wants flights to restart between “low-risk countries”

Speaking to Sky News, Holland-Kaye called for restarting flights between “low-risk” countries to rebuild the economy, particularly in sectors so badly affected by the COIVD-19 epidemic. tourism and aviation.

And he described how thermal imaging measurements are deployed at Heathrow Terminal 2 from next week to screen people entering the country.

“We are working with Public Health England to see if this could be part of the solution to airport health screening,” Holland-Kaye told Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

With passenger numbers down 97% from an average of 250,000 per day to between 5,000 and 6,000, Holland-Kaye warned: “This is a very minimal level of traffic and I think that as long as the quarantine is in place, that will continue at these low levels.

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Heathrow has seen a 97% drop in passengers

“Quarantine cannot last more than a relatively short period if we are to revive the economy.

“This is where we urge the government to have a common international standard, working with other countries so that traffic can start to flow normally between low-risk countries. “

With passenger numbers down 97% from an average of 250,000 per day to between 5,000 and 6,000, Holland-Kaye warned: “This is a very minimal level of traffic and I think that as long as the quarantine is in place, that will continue at these low levels.

“Quarantine cannot last more than a relatively short period if we are to revive the economy.

“This is where we urge the government to have a common international standard, working with other countries so that traffic can start to flow normally between low-risk countries. “

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Anyone arriving in the UK could be forced to quarantine for two weeks

Ministers plan to tell anyone arriving in the UK to quarantine for two weeks and download the new ‘test, track and trace’ app currently being tested on the Isle of Wight but which will soon be deployed Across the country.

It is hoped that the measure will stop a second spike in the virus, which has already killed at least 33,000 people in the UK.

Holland-Kaye also praised the idea of ​​immunity passports, which has been suggested as a way to make locking faster easier for those recovering from a COVID-19[female[feminine and develop antibodies that could offer some immunity – but scientists don’t know how much and for how long.

“It is not good that the UK has a health passport if another country has an entirely different system,” he said.

“We need to have this similarity between the markets so that we know that your health passport is accepted in the country you are going to. “

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