The IMF – and other international organizations – have predicted a severe global recession following the major disruptions to economic and social activities in the wake of COVID-19.

Here is a map of the world  reflecting the imprint of the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of countries with either severe or moderate negative GDP growth  – depicted in red and yellow – dominate this map. This was not even considered a remote possibility a few months ago. While the IMF’s April 2020 World Outlook expects a robust recovery in 2021, there is now growing recognition that global recovery might not happen until 2023.

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Source: IMF data mapper

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