The latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute show that Germany has a case fatality rate (CFR) of 0.3 percent, while the World Health Organisation (WHO) figures from Italy seem to show a CFR of nine percent. The case fatality rate from coronavirus in Germany records the underlying health conditions as the cause of death, instead of reporting the death as the result of the pathogen. Doctor John Lee, a recently retired professor of pathology and a former NHS consultant pathologist, said: “The data on COVID-19 differs wildly from country to country.
“Italy has 69,176 recorded cases and 6,820 deaths, a rate of 9.9 percent.
“Germany has 32,986 cases and 157 deaths, a rate of 0.5 percent.
“We ought to suspect a systematic error, that the COVID-19 data we are seeing from different countries is not directly comparable.”
The former pathologist argues the death rate is not being calculated uniformly across the world, he said: “Recording cases where there was a positive test for the virus is a very different thing to recording the virus as the main cause of death.”
Unlike in Italy, there is currently no widespread postmortem testing for the novel coronavirus in Germany.
The Rober Koch Institute said those who were not tested for COVID-19 in their lifetime but are suspected to have been infected with the virus “can” be tested after death, but in Germany’s decentralised health system this is not yet a routine practice.
As a result, it is theoretically possible there could be people who may have died in their homes before being tested and who do not show up in the statistics.
However, practising medical specialists such as Marylyn Addo from Hamburg’s University Medical Centre does not believe this number of unreported cases to be statistically significant.
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Speaking to The Guardian she said: “I have yet to see any data that would suggest a large number of untested corona-related deaths that don’t show up in the statistics.”
BBC Broadcaster Andrew Neil has tweeted in support of Doctor John Lee’s data methodology theory.
He tweeted: “Germany, I’m told, records as cause of death any underlying condition, if there is one, even if they had coronavirus.
“We record it as coronavirus death if they had the virus regardless of underlying conditions.”
Ross Clark writing in The Spectator said: “German hospitals do not routinely test for the presence of coronavirus in patients who are dying or who have died of other diseases.
“Italy, by contrast, is performing posthumous coronavirus tests on patients whose deaths might otherwise have been attributed to other causes.”
So, the actual mortality rate from coronavirus could be much higher in Germany.
An alternative reason for Germany’s comparatively low death rate is, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute, that 80 percent of all people infected in Germany are younger than 60.
The country’s comparatively low death rate could be because it’s sick are comparatively younger people than those in Germany.
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