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German Firms Expect Public Life to Be Restricted for a Further 8.5 Months

German Firms Expect Public Life to Be Restricted for a Further 8.5 Months

Monday, 10 August, 2020 - 10:00
Bureaus of last-minute travel agents are seen closed due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Cologne-Bonn Airport in Cologne, July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

German companies expect public life to be restricted for a further 8.5 months due to coronavirus, a survey by the Ifo economic institute showed on Monday, as Europe’s largest economy battles to recover from a pandemic-induced downturn.


Leisure firms, hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, are particularly pessimistic, expecting restrictions to last another 13 months while the beverage sector is more optimistic, foreseeing an end to restrictions in 6.4 months.


Meanwhile, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 436 to 216,327.


The reported death toll rose by one to 9,197, the tally showed.


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