Like other European countries, Germany is in the grip of the novel coronavirus, with nearly 67,000 people infected to date.

But what has stunned other countries like France, Spain and Italy – which are desperately struggling with a worrisome surge in coronavirus deaths – is Germany’s relatively low mortality rate.

The death toll in Germany is currently around 645 – a surprisingly small figure compared to the number of confirmed cases.

In mathematical terms, this is a lethality rate of around 0.8%, significantly smaller than in many other countries including Italy and Spain, both of which are grappling with

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