The economic effects of the Covid-19 epidemic will without doubt endure longer than the illness. The pandemic will devastate world economies, and even leaders in growth and national income will find the road back beset with challenges.

The money that governments will need to spend directly or indirectly will only be available to the strongest economies and will make huge demands on supply — with the inevitable trade-off it has on inflation. Poorer economies will be harder hit and recovery in some cases will be unachievable...

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