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Parliamentary question - P-001826/2020Parliamentary question

Coronavirus - guidelines on testing and counting the number of fatalities

Priority question for written answer P-001826/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Silvia Sardone (ID)

In Europe, the coronavirus is continuing to spread, but there are discrepancies between Member States regarding the number of people tested and problems with a lack of transparency. In many Member States, the numbers are not made public or clearly explained: while in some countries asymptomatic patients are being tested, in others only patients with severe symptoms are tested to check whether they need to be hospitalised. Some countries do not release specific data on the number of ICU patients. There is also a discrepancy on the mortality rate which depends on how the deceased are counted: in Italy, people with severe pre-existent illnesses are included among coronavirus victims, while Germany takes into account only persons having coronavirus as the sole cause of death.

Can the Commission say:

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