Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, killed himself apparently after being not able to “cope with the economic fall due to coronavirus outbreak”.
The body of the 54-year-old member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union was found on the railway tracks at Hochheim, near Frankfurt. Schaefer, who was Hesse’s finance chief for 10 years.
Volker Bouffier, Minister President of the German state of Hesse, said that Schaefer was “deeply worried” over the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis. The Wiesbaden prosecution’s office said they believe Schaefer committed suicide.
Hesse is home to Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt. Major lenders like European Central Bank Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters in Frankfurt.
Bouffier stated that Schaefer had been working round the clock to help the companies and workers deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 722,196 confirmed coronavirus cases and 33,976 deaths have been recorded across the world.
As of March 29th, 2020, a total of 62,435541 confirmed cases has been registered in Germany.
541 deaths have been recorded in Germany since the first positive coronavirus case was recorded on January 26th, 2020.