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The French MPs have approved the creation of a COVID-19 health passport that people can use to attend sporting events, festivals and crowded theme parks, AP reported.

The health passport, which will go into effect on June 9, will provide proof that a person has either been vaccinated against the coronavirus, has a recent negative PCR test, or has recovered and therefore has natural antibodies.

The proposal was initially rejected in the lower house over concerns that it infringed on civil liberties.

However, on Wednesday morning, the National Assembly approved the project after the government shortened the transition period during which it could re-impose restrictions such as curfews without parliamentary approval following the lifting of the state of emergency in France on June 2.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the medical badge, which can be digital or paper, will limit the spread of the virus at events with more than 1,000 people. It will not be used for day-to-day activities such as restaurants and cinemas, or for travel on public transport.

The bill has been submitted to the Senate.

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