In Brief: German federal cabinet approves emergency aid for coronavirus crisis

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told reporters on Monday that Germany would do everything necessary to protect jobs, businesses and public health.

By Sylvia Cunningham and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Germany’s federal cabinet on Monday approved several hundred billion euros in emergency aid to ease the devastation brought on by the coronavirus health crisis. 

The package includes loans of 156 billion euros in part to support small businesses and freelancers who would otherwise struggle to make end’s meet.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told reporters yesterday that Germany would do everything necessary to protect jobs, businesses and public health.

He added the task is made easier by the fact the country has cut debt in recent years.

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German police are warning against a phishing scheme that entices people with a tool called “Corona-Karte.” 

In fake emails that purport to be coming from trusted sources like the World Health Organization, fraudsters say an attached file shows real-time coronavirus infections. But in reality it’s malware that can potentially access users’ personal data.

The Federal Office for Information Security says to beware of clicking on links from unknown addresses and to check emails with attachments to make sure they come from legitimate organizations.

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