In December 2022, a court in Germany has ruled that COVID-19 infections are not considered occupational injuries and that three female teachers and a financial officer who contracted the virus cannot claim benefits under the public sector pension scheme in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The court found that the applicants were unable to prove that they were exposed to a particularly high risk of infection during their work and could have been infected anywhere, not just at work. The decisions can be appealed at the Higher Administrative Court in Münster.

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