Germany Ramps up Coronavirus Tests to 5,00,000 a Week

Early detection has helped in part to keep Germany's death toll relatively low, a virologist said.

Published26 Mar 2020, 01:04 PM IST
World
1 min read

Germany has boosted its coronavirus test rate to 500,000 a week, with the early detection helping in part to keep the country's death toll relatively low, a virologist said Thursday, 24 March.

"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.

"Estimates from the last days show that we are carrying out half a million tests a week," he added.

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