Thomas Schäfer, the finance minister of the German state of Hessen, died yesterday by suicide. The body of the 54-year-old CDU politician was found on an ICE stretch of rail track near Hochheim in Main-Taunus. Frankfurt-am-Main is nearby.
The minister left a suicide note.
Hessen's premier Volker Bouffier in expressing his profound sadness on Schäfer's death said that the finance minister had been greatly troubled by the Covid - 19 pandemic.
He went on to say that the minister had been working day and night on the crisis and the subsequent financial aspects. Bouffier said that Schäfer was pessimistic about how it would be possible to manage the financial situation in Germany post Covid - 19.
The number of infected people in Germany last evening stood at 61,164 with 499 deaths.
France is refitting a number of TGV trains to transport Covid -19 patients to hospitals in France and Germany.
Total world cases last evening stood at 710,918 with 33,597 dead.
In the United States last evening there were 133,924 Covid -19 patients with 2,352 people dead.
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