Andrew Neil questions praise for Germany’s ‘low’ coronavirus death toll | World | News

A chart released by Sky News’ economics editor, Ed Conway, shows how Germany reached its 100th death at a much later date than other European countries including the UK, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Italy. Germany has 81,728 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 997 deaths. This nation’s overall death toll from the viral disease is significantly lower than other countries which have similar numbers of infections.

For example, China has 81,589 cases but more than three times the amount of deaths than Germany.

And the contrast is also very stark in neighbouring Belgium.

The country has a fifth of the amount of cases recorded in Germany but its death toll has surged past 1,000.

The statistics coming out of Germany have caused many analysts to ponder why Angela Merkel’s country appears to be handling the virus better than others.

But the BBC’s Andrew Neil raised an important point about the trajectory portrayed in the Sky News chart.

Mr Neil noted how Germany appears to be on a very similar path to other countries experiencing major outbreaks.

The graph shows how the death rate in Germany has increased at nearly the same speed as that in the UK, Spain, France and Italy after the 100th coronavirus victim was confirmed in each nation.

Mr Neil tweeted: “Despite all the praise for Germany’s testing regime it doesn’t have a lower death toll than UK at equivalent points in the post-100 deaths cycle.”

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“And the worry for us in the UK is that by this stage in their outbreaks Italy, France and to some extent Spain had managed to flatten their curves.

“UK’s line not flattening. Deaths still doubling every three days.”

On Thursday the UK’s death toll surged by 569 and hit 2,921.

It marks the highest increase in 24 hours since the epidemic began in Britain.

The statistics come as a new poll showed more than half of Britons believe the government’s response to the crisis was too slow.

The Ipsos MORI poll, carried out online between March 27 and 30, showed 56 percent of respondents believed the government’s enforcement of social distancing measures was too late, compared with just four percent who felt it was too soon.

Boris Johnson is also facing criticism about a slow roll-out of testing for COVID-19.

The Ipsos MORI poll showed 79 percent of respondents said they were avoiding leaving their homes, up from 50 percent before the government’s lockdown.

Ipsos MORI said it interviewed 1,072 British adults aged 18-75.


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