Coronavirus: Germany now performs 500,000 screening tests per week

Germany has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world with 0.5% whereas it reaches 5.2% in France and 7% in Spain.

Unlike France, Germany is now betting on a massive screening campaign. The number of tests has increased to 500,000 per week. This early detection should help keep the death toll at a relatively low level, said a virologist on Thursday.

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“The reason why Germany has so few deaths compared to the number of people infected can be explained by the fact that we do a lot of laboratory diagnostics,” explained during a press conference Christian Drosten, a virologist from the Charity Hospital in Berlin.

One of the lowest death rates in the world

“We carry out half a million tests every week in Germany,” he said. Germany, however strongly affected by the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus with currently officially 36,508 cases listed, on the other hand has only 198 deaths from the disease.

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In fact, this country has one of the lowest mortality rates of people suffering from Covid-19 with 0.5% whereas it reaches 5.2% in France and 7% in Spain for example. Charity director Heyo Kroemer added that Germany had also started testing earlier than other countries affected by the pandemic.

A large network of laboratories

Christian Drosten further explained that the large network of laboratories throughout Germany had also facilitated rapid awareness of the virus and the need to carry out mass tests as quickly as possible.

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The German Ministry of Research has said it wants to release an envelope of 150 million euros to support the establishment of a network to further improve exchanges between laboratories and university hospitals. This network will also be responsible for compiling data on all patients with Covid-19 in order to have an overview of their medical history and their constitution and to help design a vaccine.

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