‘Cases in Ger­many 10 times more than of­fi­cial num­bers’

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

FRANK­FURT: More than 10 times as many peo­ple in Ger­many have likely been in­fected with the coro­n­avirus than the num­ber of con­firmed cases, re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Bonn have con­cluded from a field trial in one of the worst-hit towns.

The readings come as Ger­many took fur­ther steps on Mon­day to ease re­stric­tions, with mu­se­ums, hair­dressers, churches and more car fac­to­ries re­open­ing un­der strict con­di­tions. About 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in Ger­many must have been in­fected, more than 10 times the num­ber of about 165,000 con­firmed cases so far, the team led by med­i­cal re­searchers Hen­drik Streeck and Gun­ther Hart­mann con­cluded. “The re­sults can help im­prove the mod­els to cal­cu­late how the virus spreads. So far the un­der­ly­ing data has been rel­a­tively weak,” Hart­mann said.

The team an­a­lysed blood and nasal swabs from a ran­dom sam­ple of 919 peo­ple liv­ing in a town in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Heins­berg, which had among the high­est death tolls in Ger­many.

ITALY STRUG­GLES TO EX­PLAIN NEW SURGE

ROME: Italy recorded al­most 50% more fa­tal­i­ties in March than usual, ac­cord­ing to new of­fi­cial data show­ing that the real coro­n­avirus death toll could be far higher than the 29,000 re­ported.

The data was re­leased on a day Italy eased nine weeks of con­fine­ment. Ital­ians were al­lowed to stroll in parks and visit their rel­a­tives again. Small busi­nesses will re­open af­ter two weeks.

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