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Germany's Scholz: November is "month of truth" in coronavirus fight

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz walks past Chancellor Angela Merkel before the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, October 28, 2020. Kay Nietfeld/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday that November would be a crucial month for fighting the coronavirus pandemic as Europe’s largest economy was heading towards a partial lockdown starting next week.

“November will be a month of truth. The increasing numbers of infections are forcing us to take tough countermeasures in order to break the second wave - with targeted and temporary measures, including effective financial aid for the affected companies,” Scholz said.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Madeline Chambers