500,000 coronavirus tests a week is helping Germany keep the death toll in check
- Germany had more than 41,000 registered coronavirus cases as of Thursday afternoon local time, which makes it the world’s fifth-largest host of COVID-19 patients.
- The country has only reported 236 COVID-19 deaths, contrasting with other EU countries where the death toll is in the thousands.
- Germany’s secret weapon is extensive testing, as the country averages 500,000 tests per week.
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The coronavirus pandemic seems unstoppable right now when you see how it has affected Western countries with advanced healthcare systems and strong economies. Countries including Italy, America, Spain, Germany, and France have all reported more than 25,000 COVID-19 cases each. Italy and Spain are the hardest-hit countries, with over 130,000 cases including 11,000 fatalities between them. The combined death toll for Italy and Spain accounts for half of the number of COVID-19 victims worldwide, which sits at over 23,000 at the time of writing. France and the US have reported more than 1,000 coronavirus fatalities each — France has over 29,000 cases and the US is pushing 80,000.
That’s why Germany’s statistics don’t add up when compared to other countries. Germany has reported over 41,000 cases as of Thursday afternoon local time, but just 236 fatalities. Germany’s secret is exactly what you might expect it to be: Extensive testing for the novel coronavirus that’s wreaking havoc around the world.
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