Leading economists are concerned about the significant increase in the number of daily corona infections. "A second wave could be economically more damaging than the first wave. Because many companies are hit, have high debts and hardly any reserves," said Marcel Fratzscher, President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), the Rheinische Post in Düsseldorf .
Experience in the United States shows that clear rules and early restrictions are important in order to keep an infection wave as low as possible and to limit the economic damage, said Fratzscher. "The restrictions can only be successful if the overwhelming majority of the population act responsibly to limit and minimize the damage, "said Fratzscher.
The director of the employer-related Institute of German Economy (IW), Michael Hüther, spoke out in favor of not hastily imposing a second nationwide lockdown in view of the infection. "A nationwide lockdown presupposes an epidemic situation of national importance," said Hüther of the Rheinschen Post . However, such a national danger situation does not currently exist. "I do not consider a second nationwide lockdown to be necessary or responsible for the social and economic collateral effects," said Hüther. It had to be about regional answers.
President of the middle class, Mario Ohoven, also appealed to politicians to prevent a second lockdown in the event of rising infection numbers. "It would be irresponsible to drive the German economy into ruin by a further lockdown," said the President of the Federal Association of Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW) to the newspapers of the Funke media group. "Even if local outbreaks lead to an increased number of infections, a second shutdown must not result." The economic impact of such a measure is not foreseeable, "especially since the federal government has squandered its powder with the Corona aid package of € 1.2 trillion," said Ohoven.