Coronavirus: Germany now performs 500,000 tests per week

Coronavirus: l’Allemagne effectue désormais 500 000 tests par semaine

BERLIN | Germany has increased the number of screenings of the COVID-19 500 000 per week, this early detection, helping in part to maintain the number of deaths at a relatively low level, said a virologist Thursday.

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

“We conduct a half-million tests each week in Germany “, he said.

Germany, however, strongly affected by the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus with currently officially 36.508 cases, do not account, however, that 198 dead from the disease.

In fact, the country has one of the mortality rate of people suffering from the Covid-19 the lowest in the world with 0.5 % whereas it reached 5.2% in France and 7 % in Spain, for example.

The director of the Charity, Heyo Kroemer, has added that Germany had also started to perform tests earlier than the other countries affected by the pandemic.

Dr. Drosten has further explained that the important network of laboratories all over germany had also facilitated the awareness of rapid-response to the virus and the need to perform tests on a massive scale, and as quickly as possible.

The German ministry of Research said it would unlock a budget of 150 million euros to support the establishment of a network to further improve the interaction between laboratories and academic hospitals.

This network will also have the task of compiling data on all patients with the Covid-19 in order to have an overview of their medical history and their constitution, and help design a vaccine.