Monday, May 3, 2021

Denmark's gov't mandates internal Covid passport

 Coronapas: The passport helping Denmark open up after Covid | BBC News - Adrienne Murray:

April 21, 2021 - "Football fans will be allowed into stadiums from Wednesday and bars, restaurants and museums are reopening as Denmark takes a big foot forward in lifting its coronavirus restrictions. 

"The big condition for Danes to take advantage of these new freedoms is that they must prove they are infection-free, by showing a coronapas or corona passport. It's a digital app on your phone which shows whether you have had a negative test result within the last 72 hours, a certificate of vaccination or proof of a previous infection two to 12 weeks earlier. It can also be in paper form if necessary.

"Digital certificates are seen as Europe's route out of lockdown, and the EU wants to have its scheme in place across all 27 member states by the end of June.... Privacy concerns have made the passes controversial in some countries, but Denmark is among the first to embrace the idea fully.

"Unlike much of Europe, this Scandinavian country succeeded in avoiding a third wave and has started easing a lockdown that began last December. Denmark's infection and death rates are now among the lowest in Europe and authorities here believe coronavirus is under control."

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Denmark among first in Europe to introduce COVID pass scheme } Euronews - with AFP:

March 29, 2021 - ""Businesses that allow customers in without a valid 'coronapas' will be fined €400 and up to €6,000 for repeat offences while clients will be fined €330, the Ministry of Justice has warned. Some retailers are unhappy about the coercive measure.

"'It is an unreasonable responsibility to impose (this control) on a small trader. It would have been much better if, for example, the police made inspection visits, like train inspectors,' said Jakob Brandt, head of the SMVdanmark federation of small and medium sized businesses, in an interview with the daily Politiken.

"The 'Men in Black' — who regularly protest against restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the deadly virus — have called for a protest against the 'coronapas' and mass testing programme.... 'The Corona passport and the mass surveillance and registration of Danes that we put up with testify to a society based on distrust in citizens,' the group said in a Facebook post."

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