COVID-19: Germany Now Testing 900,000 people weekly

Germany's Health Minister, Jens Spahn has told reporters that the country now has the capacity to carry out approximately 900,000 COVID-19 test a week.
He revealed this on Wednesday, as the health parastatal plans to widen testing among health workers.

"Today, we have a theoretically possible capacity of almost 900,000 tests (per week) in Germany already, as long as the materials for these tests are available," Health Minister Jens Spahn told reporters in Berlin.

Roughly 470,000 tests were carried out last week, suggesting there is spare capacity that could help prevent outbreaks among medical staff at hospitals and care homes.

"I think it's very, very important to see that with what we've achieved together in recent weeks, including through the strong lockdown, the biggest risk for an outbreak is in healthcare," Spahn said.

Germany currently has one of the highest cases of Coronavirus infection among countries in the world. They currently have 160,479 cases with 6,374 fatalities recorded. However, their fatality rate is considerably low compared to countries like Italy, France and Spain which have similar cases.

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