By June 1, Germany had over 180,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, which made it the world’s ninth-worst affected country. Yet Germany’s fatalities stand at 8,546, or about 4.7 per cent of the world’s total coronavirus deaths, remarkably low in comparative terms. This amounts to 103 deaths per million inhabitants, a considerably lower number than neighbouring countries. In comparison, Italy and the UK have suffered 554 and 579 deaths per million inhabitats respectively.
A recent piece in the Financial Times credited the “well-oiled government” of Chancellor Merkel and her COS for having “avoided the screeching policy zigzags seen elsewhere.” Interestingly, Chancellor Merkel and her COS instituted one of the least stringent lockdowns in Europe, with a large proportion of businesses and factories continuing to operate as usual. The lockdown was also quickly repealed in comparison with other jurisdictions, and the healthcare systems was not overwhelmed.