Germany Ramps Up Coronavirus Tests To 500,000 A Week
Muhammad Irfan 9 days ago Thu 26th March 2020 | 05:27 PM
Germany has boosted its coronavirus test rate to 500,000 a week, a virologist said Thursday, adding that early detection has been key in keeping the country's death rate relatively low
Berlin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Mar, 2020 ) :Germany has boosted its coronavirus test rate to 500,000 a week, a virologist said Thursday, adding that early detection has been key in keeping the country's death rate relatively low.
"The reason why Germany has so few deaths compared to the number of infected people can be explained by the fact that we carry out an extremely large number of laboratory diagnostic tests," said Christian Drosten, who heads the Institute of Virology at Berlin's Charite University Hospital.
Drosten also highlighted Germany's dense network of laboratories spread across its territory as a factor contributing to early detection.
Meanwhile the research ministry said it would commit 150 million Euros ($164 million) to improve communication between hospitals and laboratories about coronavirus patients' health data, hoping the information exchange could feed into development of a vaccine.
France has also recorded 1,331 fatalities of 25,233 confirmed infections -- a death rate of 5.2 percent.
Besides the large-scale testing, experts in Germany also said that the virus has largely affected a younger, healthier section of the population compared to elsewhere.
At the same time, experts have repeatedly warned that in the country where almost a quarter of the population is over 60, the number of deaths could still skyrocket if people do not stick to measures to help halt contagion.