IMF Coronavirus




12 Mar 2020


Washington, DC, United States



IMF Coronavirus
Washington, DC – Recent
1. B-ROLL: Exterior IMF

Washington, DC --- 12 March 2020
2. Walk-up news conference in empty briefing room
3. Reporters cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“So on the first economic impact, as we have said, under any scenario, the global growth in 2020 will drop below last year's level, which was 2.9 percent. How far will it fall? How long? What's our forecast? It's difficult to predict at this point, obviously, given the uncertainty. It depends, of course, on the spread, the propagation of the of the outbreak. It depends on the measures taken to respond and how effective they are.”
5. Cutaway Rice in empty room
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“What we have been seeing is indeed international cooperation is essential to effectively address the Corona virus outbreak. Again, obviously, this is not a disease. This is not something that stops at national borders. We need to work together.”

7. Cutaway empty room
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“First and foremost, this is a health issue. We've been saying we've been asking for governments to be forward leaning. That means to take this issue very seriously, to be active, to take well-targeted and proportionate measures again, to strengthen public health systems. First and foremost, and to contain the impact on the economy. So it's targeted financing to support health care systems to immediately help the people that are affected and secondary. Secondly, monetary and fiscal support to help the economy where it's needed most.”

9. Cutaway empty room
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“We have the containment and the protests or catastrophe containment and relief trust, which is another instrument the IMF has for very poor countries to help them with debt relief. These are essentially granting for debt relief. And we have called upon our membership.”

11. Cutaway empty room
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