Germany's finance minister has said eurozone states that need aid from the bloc's bailout fund to tackle the coronavirus pandemic should get it quickly and not be first subjected to visits from officials proposing policies, as happened during the global financial crisis.

Olaf Scholz told broadcaster ARD on Thursday night that he was convinced that the ESM - a bailout fund with €400bn in firepower - had instruments suitable for use during the outbreak.

"We have the possibility to say we can do something as a precaution," Scholz said.

He added any such action would be tied to rules but that these needed to be appropriate for the current situation in which funds were required for health and securing jobs.

"From my point of view it's especially important to ensure that if a country says it wants to use these funds, that there's not then a load of commissioners who go there and first spend weeks discussing with them how they should change their policies in the coming years," Scholz said.

He stressed that the aid needed to flow quickly, adding: "We don't need a Troika to come and first make proposals for the future, like we've seen in other countries."

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said that the ESM should be made available as a source of financing to countries, with only minimal conditions attached and without stigma for using it.

Last week, EU leaders gave finance ministers until 9 April to come up with ideas on how to finance the recovery after Germany and the Netherlands shot down a call from France, Italy, Spain and six other countries - including Ireland -  for a common debt instrument issued by a European institution.