Formula 1 driver Räikkönen misses Grand Prix due to positive corona test
Finnish Formula 1 driver Kimi Räikkönen has tested positive for the corona virus and is therefore unable to participate in the Grand Prix at the Zandvoort circuit this weekend. His Alfa Romeo team announced this on Saturday via Twitter. Räikkönen, who already announced on Wednesday that he would stop after this season, has no symptoms of Covid-19 and is feeling good. He is quarantined at his hotel.
Raikkönen, 2007 world champion at Ferrari, is replaced by single Grand Prix winner Robert Kubica. The Pole Kubica drove his last race as a Williams driver at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2019. For the past two years he was a reserve driver at Alfa Romeo.
This weekend is the first Dutch Grand Prix in 36 years. The streets of Zandvoort were already filled on Friday with many thousands of Formula 1 fans trying to reach the circuit.
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’70 percent of employers want to be able to view personnel vaccination status’
Most employers want to be able to check whether employees are vaccinated against Covid-19. From a survey by employers’ association AWVN among 600 members it appears that 70 percent are concerned about safety in the workplace when unvaccinated employees are around. Also 70 percent want to be able to ask employees about their vaccination status.
Moreover, viewing prick data would not remain without consequences. About three quarters of the respondents would like to see a negative test result from an unvaccinated employee, while half would convince them to still get vaccinated. 8 percent of those surveyed would fire an unvaccinated employee.
In most cases, employers are not allowed to ask employees for a vaccination certificate, unless a judge determines that an employer’s duty of care outweighs an employee’s privacy. AWVN wants the cabinet to investigate the possibilities of temporary legislation, which can be used to request vaccination data from employees under certain conditions. This refers, among other things, to work situations in which insufficient distance can be kept. A similar call came from the employers’ organization VNO-NCW on Friday. For the time being, a change in the law does not appear imminent.
The representative of employees, the trade union FNV, is vehemently against a registration option. “What if such an employer knows that you have not been vaccinated, what is he going to do with it?” said Vice-President Kitty Jong on Saturday. de Volkskrant.
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