coronavirus crisis has hit Germany with full force. Infections are
increasing rapidly with schools, factories and bars closed across the
country. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there were
13,979 coronavirus infections in Germany on Thursday afternoon, (19
March) more than in any other country except China, Italy, Iran and
Germany has only registered 52 deaths (20 March). Neighbouring
France, by contrast, reports 243 deaths. Spain has had 803 deaths.
The US, the UK and Italy all show case fatality rates significantly
higher than Germany.
Germany there have been a high number of tests with laboratories
conducting about 160,000 coronavirus tests every week.
testing means lower fatality rate because it allows detection of
Covid-19 even in patients who suffer few or no symptoms, and who have
a much better chance of survival.
also point out that Germany now has the chance to prepare for a surge
in serious infections, with hospitals across the country expanding
intensive care capacity and boosting staff numbers and with a
government buying up as much critical equipment as it can.
here in the UK Boris Johnson has set our minds at rest by announcing
yesterday ( 21 March) that good stuff is on its way.
give you an idea of what is coming down the track, we’re in
negotiations today to buy a so-called antibody test, as simple as a
pregnancy test which can tell whether you have had the disease and
it’s early days, but if it works as its proponents claim, then we
will buy literally hundreds of thousands of these kits as soon as
practicable. Because obviously it has the potential to be a total
for the UK it is ‘‘negotiations’. ‘early days’, ‘as soon
as practical’ and ‘potential’ game changers.
have no idea how the Coronavirus epidemic will develop over the
coming weeks / months. We can say that since 2012 there have been a
120,000 deaths in the UK due to austerity policies.
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