The German economy has suffered its worst contraction since 2009, shrinking by 2.2 percent in the first quarter of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Economic performance slumped heavily... in a year-on-year comparison. The GDP in the 1st quarter of 2020 was down a price-adjusted 1.9%, and a calendar-adjusted 2.3%," the federal statistics agency said Friday.
A study by the German economic institute Ifo previously showed that the country's economic output had plunged by 16 percent due to the coronavirus-induced shuttering of businesses across the country and predicted that the nation’s gross domestic product could plummet by 12 percent in the second quarter.
At the same time, in a move to kickstart the economy, the German authorities loosened coronavirus-related restrictions on 20 April with shops, restaurants, and production starting to reopen.