Sun, 04 Jun 2023

COPENHAGEN, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Several employees in Denmark have been fired or sent home without pay due to a lack of a valid corona passport that documents vaccination or a negative test, the national broadcaster DRTV reported on Tuesday.

Since Nov. 26, 2021, when coronavirus was again officially classified as a socially critical disease in Denmark, employers have had the authority to demand a valid corona passport from their employees.

Employees without a valid corona passport, can be terminated or sent home without pay until they obtain the necessary documentation.

According to DRTV, punitive action has become widespread throughout the "public sector as well as the largest unions and private businesses."

Peter Hummelgaard, minister of employment, told DRTV that despite the dismissals and other sanctions, the corona passport is an important tool for workplaces.

"Employers determine the sanction. However, we believe it is reasonable to provide companies with an opportunity to ensure that their employees do not bring infection into the workplace," Hummelgaard said.

There are several ways to obtain a corona passport in Denmark. The document is valid for five months if the individual is over the age of 18 and fully vaccinated, or for 72 hours for holders of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test and 48 hours with a negative quick test.

The Epidemics Committee of the Folketing (Parliament) determines when coronavirus ceases to be classified as a socially critical disease. The current target date is Feb. 5.

The Statens Serum Institue (SSI) on Tuesday reported 33,493 new coronavirus cases of infection in the past 24 hours, the highest number yet, and 14 new deaths, bringing the national totals to 3,519 deaths and 1,193,479 cases since the pandemic began.

Additionally, the SSI reports that 80.2 percent of the population, or 4,709,586 people, have been fully vaccinated, and 3,382,251 people, or 57.6 percent, have been re-vaccinated.

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