COVID-19: World Will Take Years To Recover From Economic Shock

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COVID-19: World Will Take Years To Recover From Ec
To recover from the economic shock due to COVID-19 pandemic, the world will take many years, warned Angel Gurría, secretary-general of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Mr Gurría said the global economy will suffer for years to come as he called on governments to rip up spending rules to ensure speedy testing and treatment for coronavirus. 

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He told the BBC it was “wishful thinking” to believe that countries would bounce bank quickly, rejecting what policymakers from the G20 club of rich nations had said just weeks ago: the recovery would take a ‘V’ shape — with a short, sharp drop in economic activity followed swift by a rebound in growth.

"I do not agree with the idea of a 'V' shaped phenomenon ... Right now we know it's not going to be a 'V'. It's going to be more in the best of cases like a 'U' with a long trench in the bottom before it gets to the recovery period. We can avoid it looking like an 'L', if we take the right decisions today," he told the BBC.

(Angel Gurría, secretary-general of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

He said: "And the reason is that we don't know how much it's going to take to fix the unemployment because we don't know how many people are going to end up unemployed. We also don't know how much it's going to take to fix the hundreds of thousands of small and medium enterprises who are already suffering," according to the BBC.

With nil certainty over job losses and business failures, he said the countries would be dealing with the economic fallout “for years to come”.

The OECD has also called for a four-prolonged plan to deal with the outbreak, including free virus testing, better equipment for medical workers and cash transfers to workers including self-employed and tax payment holidays for businesses.

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