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A government-commissioned report in December examined how Covid certificates were used to decide whether people should be allowed into sporting events, bars and other crowded venues, months before ministers publicly confirmed the plan.
A document prepared for NHS testing and tracking seen by the Guardian shows that the research also looked at whether certification could be made a requirement for entry to family events such as weddings or even small, informal gatherings.
Related: Covid certificates have been on cards for use in England since December
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Mexico It added 1,263 cases of COVID-19 to Sunday’s tally, bringing the total number of infections since the start of the epidemic to 2,250,458.
Another 136 deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 204,147, according to Reuters.