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Northern Ireland considering proposals for Covid-19 passports

Stormont ministers are set to consider proposals for enforcing Covid-19 passports from December 13th.

It is understood the recommendations from Health Minister Robin Swann are being discussed this afternoon.

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In order for the policy to go forward, the two leading parties – the DUP and Sinn Féin – have to both agree to the proposals.

Swann wishes to implement the use of the Digital Covid-19 Certificate in a range of hospitality settings.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said: “I favour a consensus approach and what I want to see is a consensus reached on this.”

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“That’s why we will work with the Minister of Health to see if we can come up with solutions that work, solutions that actually deliver in terms of easing the pressures on our hospitals at this time.”

Covid-19 transmission rates have soared across Northern Ireland in recent weeks, particularly in young people.

IMAGE – “File:Official portrait of Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson crop 1.jpg” by Chris McAndrew is licensed under CC BY 3.0/“Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald and Vice President Michelle O’Neill” by Sinn Féin is licensed under CCBY2.0

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