72.8 Overall Score (up 5.6 since Aug 1st.)

Germany

  • 46.2 Public Health
    Directives
  • 43.1 Financial
    Response
  • 100 Fact-Based
    Communication
  • 46.2 Public Health
    Directives
  • 43.1 Financial
    Response
  • 100 Fact-Based
    Communication

Germany’s pandemic response has been praised around the world for its rapidly implemented contact tracing strategy and science-based leadership, which contribute to its relatively strong performance in the Index.

Pre-COVID Conditions

Germany’s healthy population, relatively low level of inequality, and accessible healthcare system contributed to high health and social capacity prior to COVID-19.

  • Debt/GDP ratio 61.7%
  • GDP/capita $55,306
  • Gini coefficient (out of 100) 31.9
  • Infant mortality rate (out of 1,000 live births) 3
  • Healthcare access score (out of 100) 86.4
  • Hospital beds/1,000 People 59.9

Government Response

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(Data points represent policy level as of Oct 1.)
46.2

Public Health Directives

Germany’s public health policy has been relatively strong, primarily due to robust contract tracing, and more emergency healthcare funds than any other country in the Index; its score was brought down by a relaxed lockdown and limited testing.

  • Stay at home order 0
  • Public gathering restrictions 4
  • School closings 1
  • Public event cancellations 2
  • Testing policy 3
  • Emergency healthcare investments/capita $790.13
  • Travel restrictions 3
  • Tests/1,000 people 202.9
  • Contact tracing 2
43.1

Financial Response

Germany’s financial response has been driven by its generous relief policies, including a large stimulus package.

  • Financial stimulus as share of GDP 20.3%
  • Income support 2
  • Debt forebearance 0
100

Fact-Based Communication

Chancellor Merkel has delivered regular press briefings at which her scientific approach has been praised.

  • Reliance on science/fact based information 0
  • Press freedom 0

COVID-19 Status as of Oct 1

Germany's Level 2 lockdown contributed to a steady fall in case rates, with the country continuing to keep cases relatively low with phased and cautious re-opening.

  • Total deaths 9,500
  • Death rate per 100K 113.4
  • Total cases 291,722
  • Cases per 100K 3,482
  • Percent of positive tests 1.1
  • Change in positivity rates +0.3
Case Trend Line
Daily cases Level 1 Lockdown Level 2 Lockdown
Date Status New Cases/1M
1 Apr 20 Smaller shops reopen 31.81
2 May 04 Some schools and cultural venues reopen 13.61
3 May 26 Restrictions are eased on gatherings of up to 10 people 6.47
4 Aug 18 Restriction relaxation is paused due to a rise in cases 13.85
5 Sep 23 New restrictions in Bavaria, including closing restaurants and bars early. 20.91

Differentiating Factors

Compared with Neighboring Countries
  • 66
    Italy 314,861
    Cases
    5,208
    Per 1M
    35,894
    Deaths

    While hit hard by COVID-19, Italy’s reliance on facts and relatively strong public health policies helped slow the spread and resulted in a relatively strong performance; its relatively limited financial response could have been impacted by its high levels of debt.

  • 45.8
    Spain 778,607
    Cases
    16,653
    Per 1M
    31,973
    Deaths

    Spain has a median score due to reliance on facts and an open media and a generous debt-forbearance policy. However, limited restrictions on public interactions and little stimulus support may be the reason why its cases are once again rising rapidly, bringing its score down.

  • 72
    France 563,535
    Cases
    8,633
    Per 1M
    31,956
    Deaths

    Despite strong financial support and a reliance on facts, France’s weak public health directives, particularly its relaxed lockdown, and limited testing keep its score near the median.

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Statistics and government response factors available on each country profile include:

Pre-COVID Conditions:

  • Debt to GDP ratio
  • Infant mortality rates
  • Hospital beds per 1,000 people
  • Gini coefficients measuring inequality
  • Health access and quality

COVID-19 Public Health Directives:

  • Stay-at home orders
  • School-closing policy
  • Public-gathering restrictions
  • Cancellation of public events
  • Testing policy and rates per 1,000 people
  • Emergency healthcare spending per capita
  • Travel restrictions
  • Contact tracing

COVID-19 Financial Response:

  • Stimulus package as a share of GDP
  • Income support
  • Debt-forbearance

Public Communications:

  • Instances of misinformation by leadership
  • Limitations on press freedom, censorship

Current/Historic In-Country COVID-19 Status:

  • Death rates per 1 million
  • Case rates per 1 million