Countries have spent a combined $8 trillion to combat Covid-19 - IMF

Countries have spent a combined $8 trillion to combat Covid-19 - IMF

- According to the International Monetary Fund, countries all over the world have spent a total of $8 trillion - which is about R148 trillion - to augment the fight against the coronavirus

- The IMF listed the top four spenders as Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK) and France

- It is convinced that there is a likelihood of a deep recession in 2020 and a partial recovery in 2021

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revealed that countries all over the world have spent a total of $8 trillion (R148 trillion) in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

The countries that form the G20 have been recognised as the highest spenders, Briefly.co.za has learned.

The G20 is made up of Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the United States of America, India, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

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The rest are France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and the European Union.

Per a classfmonline.com report, the top four spenders are Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK) and France.

The IMF has disclosed the likelihood of increased fiscal deficits and public debt ratios across countries in the wake of the outbreak of Covid-19.

This, it explained, would lead to higher spending and falling revenue levels of countries all over the world.

The Managing Director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, speaking in a G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, noted that there will be a need to spend even more.

This, she explained, is because the IMF believes there is a likelihood of a deep recession in 2020 and a partial recovery in 2021.

With smart programmes and good governance, she went on, countries could be aided through the depth of the recession and embark on a journey of economic recovery.

Meanwhile, the IMF has predicted a likely shrink in the global economy by 3%.

It stated that the collapse of economic activities would mark the steepest downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

In its 2020 World Economic Outlook, the IMF predicted a partial rebound in 2021 with the world economy growing at 5.8%.

It, however, stated that there are extreme uncertainties tied to the forecasts.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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