Based on field research, scientists believe that the number of Covid-19 infections in Germany may be 10 times higher than the officially published figures and many asymptomatic cases.
Researchers from the University of Bonn on May 4 said the figures were based on preliminary research in the town of Gangelt in Heinsberg city, one of the places with the highest Covid-19 mortality rate. The figure also shows the risk of infection from people who are infected but do not show symptoms.
By taking a random sample of 919 people, the researchers concluded that about 15% of the Gangelt town population was infected with Covid-19, with a mortality rate of 0.37%.
Extrapolating nationwide, they said about 1.8 million people living in Germany may have been infected with Covid-19. This is more than 10 times more than the 160,000 cases published so far.
The researchers said that about one fifth of people infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms, emphasizing the importance of social isolation and personal hygiene to prevent the pandemic from spreading.
“Anyone who seems to be healthy we meet every day can accidentally get Covid-19. We must be aware of this and respond appropriately,” said Martin Exner, head of the Institute for Translation Research. and Public Health at the University of Bonn, co-author of the study, told the Guardian.
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University (USA), up to 5/5, Germany recorded 166,152 cases of Covid-19, and 6,993 deaths.
Some officials say Germany and other European countries have passed the Covid-19 epidemic peak.
Public places in Germany such as museums, churches, zoos … have been reopened.