Germany prepares to return to the home office in the face of a new wave of Covid-19

Germany is preparing to return to work from home, according to a bill that AFP had access to on Sunday, in a context of an unprecedented increase in coronavirus infections.

The reintroduction of the measure, which had been abolished in July, comes as the country faces the fourth wave of the virus.

Since mid-October, infections and deaths have skyrocketed, while the vaccination campaign reaches 67% of the population.

With 289 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, Germany this Sunday registered a record incidence rate since the start of the pandemic, according to the Instituto Robert Koch (RKI).

“The next wave will eclipse all the previous ones,” said the regional official for Saxony, the worst hit in the whole country, in an interview with the weekly Bild am Sonntag.

According to the draft consulted, companies will be obliged to propose the telework option if there is no “imperative work reason” to go to the workplace.

People who go to work will have to show that they are immunized against the virus or that they tested negative.

The German government is also preparing measures to limit access to certain events to those who are vaccinated or have recovered from the disease and can present a negative test, according to local press reports.

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