In February, the UK and Germany were taking a similar approach to testing for coronavirus. But over the subsequent weeks, the two countries began to go in very different directions. Guardian health editor Sarah Bosley and Berlin bureau chief Philip Oltermann look at what happened next
Last Friday the UK daily coronavirus death toll reached 980, surpassing the deadliest days of Spain and Italy. It is too soon to understand the reasons why, but one criticism of the UK’s response to the outbreak is the lack of testing, while Germany, which has a much lower death rate, has been hailed as an example for carrying out hundreds of thousands of tests every week.
The Guardian’s health editor, Sarah Boseley, tells Rachel Humphreys how the UK’s attitude to testing has changed over the past three months, while the Guardian’s Berlin bureau chief, Philip Oltermann, examines why Germany has taken a different approach.
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