GERMANY suffered its worst daily death toll from coronavirus with 254 deaths, or 100,000 cases.
The country has weathered the fight against the virus better than many of its western European neighbors.
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Health leaders managed to keep the death rate relatively low, while the actual number of daily deaths actually seemed to drop earlier this week.But hope that Germany had seen the worst of the epidemic was dashed after the death of 254 people was announced today.
The number is the largest daily jump the country has seen, bringing the total death toll to 1861.
The number of new confirmed cases in Germany also increased by 4,003 in the past 24 hours to 103,228, the second consecutive increase after four days of previous declines.
The death rate in Germany is now around 1.8%, which means about one death for 56 confirmed cases.
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This figure has risen by 0.5% in the past two weeks.
But it is still significantly lower than that of Italy (12.6%), Spain (9.8%) or Great Britain (11.1%).
Germany’s relatively good performance against Covid-19 was partly due to its high number of hospital beds.
Experts have pointed out that Germany has one of the highest concentrations of hospitals in the world.
In addition to this, the German government said last month that it would double the number of intensive care beds to around 56,000 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
In contrast, the UK had only 4,000 intensive care beds at the end of March, although work is underway to increase this number.
Critical care beds can be the difference between life and death for those who become seriously ill with Covid-19.
In addition to the intensive care beds, Dr. Mike Ryan, director of health emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO), also revealed that stringent tests in Germany could have an impact on their death toll.
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He said last month: “Germany has had a very aggressive testing process – so the number of tests can detect milder cases.”
And at a press conference in March, Professor Lothar Wieler of the Robert Koch Institute in Germany added: “From the start, we have been very systematic with our doctors to test people.
“We can provide tests at a high level so that we can easily review the beginnings of the epidemic. “