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Estonia begins testing digital immunity passport as it eases lockdown

Estonia begins testing digital immunity passport as it eases lockdown
Estonia begins testing digital immunity passport as it eases lockdown

Estonia, a country in Europe, has reportedly began testing one of the first digital immunity passports in the world developed by a team that comprises founders of renowned tech startups Bolt and Transferwise. The nation aims to have a safer return of employees to their workplaces as it eases the coronavirus lockdown.

A digital immunity passport gathers testing data and allows people to share their immunity status with any third parties, such as an employer. This information sharing involves the use of a temporary QR-code created right after digital authentication.

The Founder of Transferwise, Taavet Hinrikus stated that digital immunity passport focuses on minimizing fears and instigate societies across the world to resume their lives amid this pandemic. Taavet Hinrikus is also a member of the Back to Work, an NGO (non-governmental organization) developing this passport.

Several nations and companies are focusing on developing apps for contact tracing. In UK, the NHS is currently working on developing a centralized contact-tracing application, which is presently being trialed in the Isle of Wight.

Along with the technology entrepreneurs, Back to Work NGO also includes state officials and regional medical experts. Leading food producer, PRFoods, and Radisson hotels are one of the first companies that have begun testing this new passport.

The CEO of the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel in Tallinn, Kaido Ojaperv stated that the company is seeking every possible solution to get the employees back on work and the customers checking into its hotel rooms again.

Estonia has so far registered 64 deaths due to coronavirus while 1,791 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the country. However, the nation has started to steadily lift its lockdown measures this month. The country opened the first travel bubble last week, with Latvia and Lithuania, within the European Union.


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