Better medical equipment, early testing, and younger patients are some of the explanations for Germany’s low COVID-19 death rates.

EuroNews mentions another possible factor: No post-mortem tests.

Quoting from David Courbe, Dissecting Germany’s low coronavirus death rateAgence France-Presse (AFP):

Another explanation cited by Italian experts, could be that Germany, unlike other countries, tends not to test those who have already died.

“We don’t consider post-mortem tests to be a decisive factor. We work on the principle that patients are tested before they die,” the [disease control agency Robert Koch Institute (RKI)] told AFP.

That means that if a person dies in quarantine at home and does not go to hospital, there is a high chance they will not be included in the statistics, as Giovanni Maga of Italy’s National Research Council pointed out in an interview with Euronews.

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