Amazon will cease testing employees for Covid-19 at its warehouses on the finish of this month, citing the supply of vaccines and free testing.

The firm started testing warehouse employees final yr when checks have been harder to safe. Warehouse employees, who have been thought of important, packed and shipped orders all through the pandemic.

Amazon disclosed in October that almost 20,000 employees, or about 1.4% of its whole workforce, had been contaminated with Covid-19 by that time in 2020.

Vaccines started to roll out about two months later and in May, workers who uploaded an image of their vaccine playing cards to an Amazon employee app have been allowed to ditch masks within the work place in the event that they selected.

U.S. instances of Covid-19 final week elevated by 17,000 nationwide over a 14-day interval for the primary time since late fall, and a rise in demise traditionally follows a spike in sickness. Much of the worsening downside is being pushed by the delta variant first recognized in India, that has since hit the United Kingdom and different international locations, mentioned U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

Health officers mentioned Tuesday that the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to surge and accounts for an estimated 83% of U.S. Covid-19 instances.

News that Amazon would cease testing employees was first reported by The Information.

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