Published On: Tue, Apr 7th, 2020

Chris Whitty takes sly dig at UK coronavirus strategy – there’s a ‘lesson from Germany’ | UK | News

Dr Chris Whitty received a grilling from ITV’s Robert Peston regarding Germany’s strong performance in tackling the coronavirus compared to the UK Government’s response. The Chief Medical Officer pointed to Germany’s superior testing capacity as the reason why the nation has outperformed Britain in dealing with COVID-19. 


Chris Whitty said: “We all know Germany got ahead in terms of its ability to do testing for the virus and there’s a lot to learn from that.

“We have been trying to learn the lessons from that.”

ITV’s Robert Peston tweeted in response: “I was very struck that @CMO_England said that the lesson from Germany, which has a lower death rate than the UK, is it tests many more people with #Covid19 symptoms than we do.”

Last week Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood explained why Germany’s coronavirus testing capacity is greater than the United Kingdom’s capacity. 

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Mr Ellwood told the BBC’s Newsnight: “It is important when you make these comparisons of the countries to look at what is going on.

“Spain did a lot of testing, but they produced a test that did not work.

“They made huge mistakes because the equipment was faulty.

“In Germany, the company Roche which is a global diagnostics company is actually one of the five biggest biology labs in the world.

“They are able to do these things on site.”

Worldwide there have been more than 1,300,000 COVID-19 cases. 

The death toll has reached more than 78,000 at the time of writing.

More than 294,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 377,000 confirmed cases.

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