Germany has increased the number of tests performed to detect coronavirus infection to 500,000 per week, this early detection partly helping to keep the number of deaths at a relatively low level, AFP and Reuters report.
“The reason why Germany counts so few deaths compared to that of infected people can be explained by the fact that we make many diagnoses in the laboratory … We carry out half a million tests every week in Germany,” he explained. virologist Christian Drosten, director of the Institute of Virology at Charite Hospital in Berlin.
Half a million tests a week means an average of over 70,000 tests performed daily in this country.
Germany, although strongly affected by the epidemic, with 36,508 officially confirmed cases, registered only 198 deaths, a mortality rate of the lowest, 0.5%, much below France (5.2%) or Spain (7%).
According to Drosten, the important network of laboratories throughout Germany has facilitated rapid awareness of the epidemic and the need for mass testing as quickly as possible.
The Ministry of Research has said it will unlock 150 million euros to support the creation of a network that will allow for increased exchanges between laboratories and university hospitals.