March 2, 2020 / 8:14 AM / a month ago

Germany must not allow coronavirus to infect economy - minister

FILE PHOTO: German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier of CDU leaves the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany, February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must not allow the coronavirus outbreak to infect its economic growth, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told ARD public broadcaster on Monday.

“That’s what we’re talking about in the government,” Altmaier added.

Asked about economic stimulus proposals by Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Altmaier said he was open to tax incentives and enhanced write-down measures for companies.

Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Editing by Paul Carrel

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