Despite having the fifth highest COVID-19 infection count in the world, GermanThe mortality rate remains very low compared to other countries. But the German Ambassador Emily Haber said it was too early for his country to announce victory.
According to a study from Johns Hopkins University, GermanThe case load reached more than 107,000 on Tuesday with only 1,983 deaths reported and more than 36,000 recovered. The result is a death rate hovering around 1.8%, compared with a 12% mortality rate in Italy and 10% in Spain.
However, despite positive signs, the ambassador said German experts believed that the spread had not yet reached its peak, and it was too soon to say whether GermanThe approach to containing viruses has proven successful.
Even so, public health experts are eyeing German as an example of the role for countries that have not yet experienced the peak of global pandemic anger. The key to the Berlin approach, said public health specialists, has been testing the virus – early, often and everywhere.
“Our strategy is comprehensive testing throughout the country, not only in certain affected areas,” Ms. Haber the word.
“It’s not that we do things better or differently,” he said. “We are affected like other countries, but we have a health care system and a pandemic strategy that we can refer to quickly.”
When COVID-19 first appeared in Italy, Ms. Haber said, German health experts began to proactively develop tests. Even before the World Health Organization announced a global pandemic, German doctors were ready to conduct tests on residents throughout the country.
In addition to proactive testing, German officials use the experience of destroying Italy and Spain to get the “first step” on mitigation measures such as quarantine and social distance. Haber the word.
While the virus crisis has exacerbated tensions in the European Union alliance, the German envoy said it is now very important that European countries work together to move forward.
“In the initial phase of the crisis, European countries, including mine, reacted first by looking inward and focusing on how to deal with the crisis nationally,” Ms. Haber the word. “I think it’s like an airplane when you are asked to put on your mask first and then take care of your neighbors, so this is what happened in the early weeks of the crisis.”
Around 40% of German40,000 ICUs are currently in use, and with a surplus of beds and ventilators available, German doctors have admitted more than 200 corona virus patients from France and Italy to hospitals for treatment, Ms. Haber the word. A team of German doctors is also being deployed to more vulnerable areas in the EU, and German has played an important role in sending medical supplies to countries in greatest need, Ms. Haber added.
Miss Haber German officials said they shared skepticism about Trump administration figures about China’s handling of the corona virus crisis and the apparent efforts now by Beijing to spread disinformation about the origin and handling of the pandemic. China, he said, apparently took a page from the “Russian manual” in promoting a false account of the crisis.
“We cannot accept that China is documenting the current crisis to sow divisions, to place false narratives, and to issue divisive narratives that target the discussions we have in our country,” Ms. Haber the word.
With his PhD in history, the German veteran diplomat said he saw a number of similarities between the current crisis and the 1918 global influenza pandemic. After the fall of World War I, countries were reluctant to share information, and this eventually led to the death of 50 million people worldwide when experts struggle to find a cure.
To curb the spread of the corona virus worldwide, Ms. Haber said countries must work together as team partners, practicing transparency for the common good.
“There is a lack of knowledge and a lack of transparency because of lack of capacity, that’s one thing,” he said. “But the lack of deliberate transparency that will harm other countries is unacceptable and must be called upon.”
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