The 10 minute coronavirus test that could be vital in reopening London’s sports and music venues

London’s sports and concert venues remain empty, even after professional sports have resumed under severe conditions.

Of the 10 largest sports stadiums in the country, five are in London, including Wembley with a capacity of 90,000 and Twickenham with a capacity of 82,000, but there have been no fans for months.

London’s huge arenas like the 20,000 seat 02 and the SSE Wembley Arena with 12,500 seats also slept.

With the Premier League only a month away from the start and no major concert played in the capital for months, fans are increasingly desperate to safely return to the crowd.

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Once a possible solution is evaluated, a quick 10 minute coronavirus test kit and digital health passport will be used to get sports fans back to stadiums across the country.

The test developed by cyber technology company VST Enterprises is said to have an accuracy of 98.7 percent when testing for the virus and detect IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies within just 10 minutes.

The test kits come with a phone app called VHealth Passport. The entire package is only £ 15.

Unlike the current state-sponsored test, which uses a swab from the back of the nose or throat and aims to return results within 24 hours, this test draws blood from a finger prick, which is similar to the type used for Checking the blood sugar used is carried out by the independent company Latus.

In contrast to the NHS coronavirus tests, this is a blood sting, but it can produce results with an accuracy of 98.7 percent in just 15 minutes
(Image: VST Enterprises)

The test results are communicated to the person via the app and a code is generated that can be scanned remotely at the venue.

A test of the Fans Are Back pilot project, conducted by English rugby World Cup hero Mike Tindall and rugby players Mark Cueto and Tom Curry of Sale Sharks, was presented to the government to show how the process works.

VST worked with its sports partners Redstrike, public safety and event management partners HALO Solutions, and occupational health company Latus Health to develop the program they hope will get government approval to get fans back into the stadiums pick up.

Health passes are tested with football, rugby and snooker, initially in collaboration with DCMS, Public Health England, the SGSA (Sports Ground Safety Authority) and the various institutions including the Premier League, RFU, RFL and World Snooker.

The 10 minute coronavirus test that could be vital in reopening London’s sports and music venues

A code is generated on the digital pass that can be remotely scanned when entering stadiums and venues
(Image: VST Enterprises)

The games will be friendly and will have a small number of fans, between 500 and 5,000 in attendance. If successful, it will also be introduced in music concerts, theaters, and other entertainment venues.

Fans are tested the day before the game, but their passports are valid for two weeks. They are then tested again if necessary.

Mike Tindall MBE said: “Getting fans to safely watch live sports again is the top priority for clubs, teams and fans right now.

“Providing safe, accurate tests and making sure each person has a secure digital health passport to authenticate their test result is critical to being able to do this.

“The fans are the lifeblood of any sport – without them it’s just not the same and that’s a big step forward.

“The test is simple, user-friendly and the results are then uploaded to the app on your mobile phone which fans can present on request. It also reminds you when your next test is due, which will hopefully allow fans to return safely in the long term . “

London Herald