Germany can grow next year if it avoids another lockdown - minister

Economy looked better than they had expected

  
A general view of the city of Berchtesgaden, after residents of the Berchtesgadener Land district of Bavaria will not be able to leave their homes from October 20, 2020, without a valid reason for two weeks, making it the first area in Germany to go back into lockdown since April, Germany October 20, 2020.

A general view of the city of Berchtesgaden, after residents of the Berchtesgadener Land district of Bavaria will not be able to leave their homes from October 20, 2020, without a valid reason for two weeks, making it the first area in Germany to go back into lockdown since April, Germany October 20, 2020.

Reuters/Leonhard Foeger

BERLIN- German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said there was a prospect of economic growth next year if the country managed to avoid a second lockdown, adding that the economy looked better than they had expected it would six months ago.

Avoiding a second lockdown would involve controlling the spread of the disease. The latest overnight increase of over 11,000 new cases was a major concern.

"That is far too much," Altmaier said.

(Reporting by Thomas Seythal) ((berlin.newsroom(at)thomsonreuters.com; +49 30 2201 33599;))

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