Germany introduces mandatory health pass amid upsurge in Covid-19 cases

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In recent weeks, Germany has seen an increase in the number of new coronavirus infections, which allowed the country to reach the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths on Thursday. In order to slow the spread of the virus, authorities this week began requiring a health pass to get to work or use public transport. Nick Spicer, Anne Mailliet and Raphael Kominis of AXADLETM reporting from Berlin.

At Berliner Seilfabrik, a German manufacturer of playground equipment, the introduction of the health pass – which indicates whether a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, tested negative against it the same day, or has recently recovered from ‘coronavirus infection – comes as a relief for many of the company’s 130 employees. Last year, two of their colleagues died from Covid-19.

“I think it’s for sure it’s safer,” said Christian, one of the workers. “It’s uncomfortable for the unvaccinated – they have to get tested every day – but we can’t do otherwise to control the pandemic.”

For David Kohler, chief executive of the company, the pass helps keep the workplace safer. Eleven employees are still not vaccinated.

“Now we can ask them for their status,” he said. “They can always refuse to answer if they have been vaccinated, and if they are not vaccinated, they have to show us a daily test or official test results that they are. Negative.”

The same rules apply for the use of public transport. Many Germans are in favor of the measures.

“Until we can force people to get vaccinated, we need to tighten the restrictions. Otherwise, no one will be able to go to work and the economy will collapse, ”said Marielle, a resident of Berlin.

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