Rapid Testing May Be Keeping Germany's Coronavirus Numbers Low

Rapid Testing May Be Keeping Germany's Coronavirus Numbers Low

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TUESDAY, March 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Experts say that rapid testing is likely why Germany has had just two coronavirus deaths so far, which is far fewer than other European countries with a similar number of reported infections.

Rapid testing as the outbreak spread means that Germany -- which has had more than 1,100 confirmed cases -- is able to diagnose a larger proportion of infected people, the Associated Press reported.

That's resulted in more opportunities to contain the virus and to prepare for it.

France has had just over 1,200 cases and 19 deaths, while Spain has had fewer than 1,000 cases and 25 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the AP reported.

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