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You Could Be Fined £10,000 For Faking Covid Test Results

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You Could Be Fined £10,000 For Faking Covid Test Results

A new proposed law means you could be fined for trying to use a fake covid pass or test result.

The law - set out in a 24-page document in The Health Protection Regulations 2021- would make it illegal to create, supply or offer to supply fake passes or results, the penalty of which would be £10,000.

The pass can be accessed on the NHS App (Credit: Shutterstock)
The pass can be accessed on the NHS App (Credit: Shutterstock)

The stricter punishments come as new laws are set to be introduced on Wednesday morning which will see venues in England require covid passes for entry, either in the form of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of double vaccination.

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The rules apply to venues open between 1am and 5am; indoor events with 500 or more unseated attendees; outdoor events with 4,000 or more unseated attendees and any events with 10,000 or more attendees indoor or outdoor, such as large sports and music events.

Covid passes show proof of double vaccination, or a negative test result (Credit: Shutterstock)
Covid passes show proof of double vaccination, or a negative test result (Credit: Shutterstock)

You can access your Covid-19 pass through the NHS App, NHS.UK, a letter obtained on NHS.UK or by calling 119.

As part of the new laws, venues that do not comply with the rules on checking passes could be fined £1,000, which increases to £2,000 and then £4,000 for second and third offences.

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For fourth or any further offences, a £10,000 can be issued.

The rules come into force at 6am on Wednesday 15th December and will expire on 26th January 2022.

The pass can also provide evidence of a negative test (Credit: Alamy)
The pass can also provide evidence of a negative test (Credit: Alamy)

Earlier this week, prime minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions for England in a bid to slow the rise of coronavirus cases.

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'Plan B' includes everyone working from home where possible, all adults in England to be boosted by the end of the year and covid passes for venues.

The new strategy comes after news that the newly-identified omicron variant is believed to be more transmissible than the delta strain which has been dominant in the UK this year.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Health, News, Coronavirus

Lucy Devine
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