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Germany Halts Some Covid Aid to Companies on Fraud Suspicions

Pedestrians pass a closed store in Berlin.

Pedestrians pass a closed store in Berlin.

Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg

Germany temporarily suspended certain types of aid to companies impacted by measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, due to suspicions that the money was illegally obtained in several cases.

Payments were halted to review documentation and will resume shortly, the Economy Ministry said in a statement late Tuesday. Criminal investigations are under way in several cases, the ministry said, declining to comment on specifics of the alleged fraud.