Germany to end free COVID tests to boost vaccination rates

Germany will end free coronavirus tests in October in a push to incentivize more people to get vaccinated, an arrangement agreed upon by regional leaders and the federal government.

With COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination or recovery required to access facilities including restaurants, cinemas or gyms, people who refuse to get the shot will have to pay to prove they are infection-free come autumn or risk being shut out.

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