More than 160 nations worldwide have confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The following have the highest number as of 4 a.m. ET*:
- China 81,591 (+0.04%)
- Italy 69,176 (+8.21%)
- US 55,225 (+18.89%)
- Spain 42,058 (+19.44%)
- Germany 32,991 (+13.54%)
- Iran 24,811 (+7.64%)
- France 22,635 (+12.38%)
- Switzerland 9,877 (+12.30%)
- South Korea 9,137 (+1.11%)
- UK 8,164 (+21.38%)
*Percentages change over 24 hours
Despite the number of cases in Germany, only 0.4 percent of those have been tested have died from COVID-19. According to infectious disease experts, the reason for the low death rate is Germany’s work in the early days of the outbreak to track, test, and contain infection clusters. That means Germany has a truer picture of the size of its outbreak than places that test only the obviously symptomatic, most seriously ill or highest-risk patients.
Join us on Tuesday, March 31, at 10 am ET for a Hot Topics Call with NPR’s Rob Schmitz to learn more about the measures Germany has introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
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