German Covid-19 cases ‘may be 10 times higher than official figures’

 Shoppers wearing protective masks in Berlin
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Date Published: May 4, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Researchers from Bonn University found that in a random sample of 919 people, approximately 15% of Gangelt’s population in Germany had been infected by COVID-19. Applying these findings nationwide finds ~1.8 million would have contracted the virus in Germany, compared to the 160,000 confirmed cases.  One in five of those who were infected with COVID-19 showed no symptoms, highlighting the importance of physical distancing and hand washing hygiene for prevention. As many countries in Europe begin to ease lockdowns, Martin Exner, the head of Bonn University’s institute for hygiene and public health and co-author of this study says, “Every supposedly healthy person we encounter can unknowingly carry the virus. We must be aware of this and act accordingly.”

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Summary by: Jayoti Rana