Comparing COVID-testing activity in Europe (April 17 - April 24)

Date of article: 26 April 2020


'People tested' vs 'Samples tested'

When comparing testing activity, it is important to realize that some countries are reporting on the amount of 'persons tested' and some countries are reporting on 'samples tested' (or simply 'labtests done'). Many news analysts, COVID-trackers and even governments have been incorrectly mixing the data, while in fact these numbers cannot be compared as the number of samples tested is always higher than the number of persons tested.

As an indication, in countries reporting both numbers, the amount of 'samples tested'/'labtests done' is calculated by multiplying the amount of tested people by: 1.45 (Italy), 1.23 (UK), 1.14 (South Africa), 1.53 (Portugal).


Comparing 'samples tested' in Europe

Below list is the average of samples tested per day per 100 000 inhabitants in European countries for April 17 - April 24:

  1. Iceland 261 (not shown in above chart)
  2. Italy 96
  3. Russia 80
  4. Czech Republic 67
  5. Slovenia 53
  6. Switzerland 50
  7. Finland 47
  8. Turkey 47
  9. United Kingdom 33 (not shown in above chart)
  10. Ukraine 10


Comparing 'persons tested' in Europe

Below list is the average of persons tested per day per 100 000 inhabitants in European countries for April 17 - April 24:

  1. Luxembourg 124
  2. Estonia 97
  3. Portugal 93
  4. Denmark 93
  5. Norway 50
  6. Serbia 36
  7. The Netherlands 36
  8. United Kingdom 22


Key takeaways

  • Almost every country did more tests than the week before, with Estonia the only country doing fewer tests.
  • New in this chart are Switzerland, Luxembourg and Ukraine, with Ukraine doing by far the lowest amount of tests per capita.
  • UK & Netherlands are still doing very few tests.


Methodology

All of the above data is gathered by Newsnodes.com from official government reports. A full list of sources is available on request or can be found on each country page on Newsnodes.com.

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