As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the world, the mortality rate in Germany astounds the rest of the world. The country has recorded at least 100,000 cases till date. According to the reports of John Hopkins University, the number of deaths recorded is 1110, which sets the mortality rate at 1.11%.
European Countries like Spain and Italy has taken the worst hit of the epidemic, recording thousands of death. United kingdoms have an infected count of 124,743, while France is trailing at 114657.
The low mortality count is attributed to Germany’s decision to implement widespread testing of people suspected of having the virus, as opposed to Italy or the U.K.’s decision only to test symptomatic cases.
With the raging number of cases every day, the countries are firming their lockdown measures. However, Germany’s suppression strategy with extensive testing, contact tracing, and digital surveillance of its citizens has been able to keep the death count low and gained plaudits for its comprehensive epidemic management.
Karl Lauterbach, a professor of health economics and epidemiology at the University of Cologne, and a politician in the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Germany told CNBC that the country was strict with its management right from the very beginning. “I think so far we’ve been lucky because we were hit by the wave of new infections later than many other European countries, for example, Italy, Spain, and France.
So we had a minor but important delay in the wave of infections coming to Germany. Secondly, the first people that got infected in Germany tended to be younger than the average of the population… so we were hit later and with younger patients initially”.
Lauterbach also noted that the third factor which helped them contain the rate was the state of the art medical facilities. Bonn, Dusseldorf, Aachen and Cologne and other such university hospitals equipped with high-grade medicare treated the major influx of patients. “Number four, all things considered, the German health-care system and hospital system has been modernized by the Social Democrats and Christian Democrats over the last 20 years.”
Lauterbach further says, “this meant we had more hospital beds, more ventilators, more ICU (Intensive Care Units) beds, and more hospital doctors, roughly speaking than any other comparable country in Europe … So our system is in reasonable shape for such an epidemic.”
The suppression strategy of Germany and the lockdown will continue until the end of April.