Germany has received a great deal of attention for having a lower death rate for COVID-19 than most comparable European countries. A simple explanation for the low case-fatality rate in Germany is that the country has been testing more people, so they have more confirmed cases for the same number of fatalities. It has also been reported that only 20% of cases in Germany are in people over 60 years old (compared with up to 50% in other European countries, such as Spain).
Test, test, test is the battle cry in the fight against Covid-19. Has South Africa done enough testing to allow us to be comfortable that we have a good understanding of the situation in the country? We look into the figures behind testing and screening in SA.