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Investigations into fake vaccine certificates are under way in Germany

Investigations into fake vaccine certificates are under way in Germany
Police in Germany are investigating thousands of suspected cases of counterfeiting coronavirus vaccine certificates.

According to the 'dpa' news agency, more than 12,000 police investigations have been opened across the country.

'Dpa' reports that the number of investigations increased in December, as authorities announced new restrictions that closed unvaccinated people, leaving them out of public life.

Those who provide or use fake certificates can face severe penalties, from fines and imprisonment to job loss.

Prosecutors have opened an investigation into negligent homicide in a case after a woman used a fake vaccine certificate to continue working in a nursing home despite having family members with COVID-19 sick at home.

The German parliament is expected to start debating a universal vaccine mandate in the coming months, though government officials acknowledge that the measures will not take effect for several months.

Almost 73% of the German population have been vaccinated with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while almost 48% have also received a booster vaccine.

Germany saw a new record number of cases confirmed today. The country's disease control agency reported 112,323 new infections in the last 24 hours and 239 deaths due to COVID.