Germany says widespread testing keeping virus deaths low

Thu Mar 26th, 2020 - Nationwide

Medics take care of a corona infected patient upon his arrival from Italy to the University hospital for further treatment on March 26, 2020 in Dresden, eastern Germany, on March 26, 2020. (Photo by MATTHIAS RIETSCHEL / various sources / AFP)

Germany is testing up to 500,000 people a week for the new coronavirus, a virologist said Thursday, adding that early detection has been key in keeping the country’s death rate relatively low.

The country has more than 36,000 declared cases of the virus, among the highest in Europe, but has managed to avoid the high death rates seen in hard-hit Italy and Spain.

Experts say widespread testing and tracing of COVID-19 cases is key to limiting the spread of the disease, an approach adopted in South Korea and Singapore where the outbreak has largely been contained.




source: Guardian