Expert demands Piers Morgan stop praising Germany as he tears apart Merkel’s testing plan
ITV Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan praised Germany for its success in containing the deadly coronavirus pandemic, comparing Angela Merkel’s methods to the UK. He said: “If you compare us to someone like Germany, with a very similar population, there can be no doubt, I don’t think, looking at the way they’ve dealt with their crisis there, they had massively interring testing, far more intense than us.
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“And other measures they’ve taken have clearly had a demonstrable proven and better impact on their ability to control the number of deaths than this country.
“That’s a fact, isn’t it?”
But Dr Smith dismissed the idea that Germany could be compared at all with the UK as he claimed Angela Merkel’s plan to combat the virus has been to mass test young people over older citizens – therefore control the number of deaths from COVID-19 recorded so far.
He explained: “Actually, the Germans acknowledge that we have to be cautious about comparing apples with apples here.
“What I mean by that is what we’re reporting in terms of our data and our test data and our rates of mortality etcetera, are not the same and they’re not being computed in the same way across all these different countries.
“If you look at what Germany did, yes I acknowledge they’re testing a lot of people – they’re testing certainly more than we are – but who they’re testing is a little bit different.
“Germany at the very outset of all of this tested an enormous number of people who were downhill skiers.
“Now, I don’t know many 80-year-olds who are routinely going skiing in their 80s.
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“Whereas, we were testing people in a slightly different way.
“So what they’re dubbing the denominator, in other words, who they’re testing, if you test a whole bunch of young people who are much less likely to succumb to coronavirus, you can declare a much lower death rate than if you test older people.”
Germany is still at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and will have to live with it for a long time, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
“We are not living in the final phase of the pandemic, but still at the beginning,” she told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.
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“We have won time,” Merkel said, adding that this had been used well to bolster Germany’s healthcare system.
Her government has launched an unprecedented rescue package for the economy.
On Thursday, her conservatives and their Social Democrat coalition partners approved an additional stimulus of some 10 billion euros that includes more money for short-time workers.
Ifo said some 15 percent of companies have had to stop production.
Germany had been in its 11th straight year of growth before the pandemic, which is set to plunge Europe’s biggest economy into a recession.
The Ifo institute has said that output could shrink by as much as 20 percent.
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