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2020-05-12 32 ENGLISH REPORTS
In our early March attempt to set out various Pandemic scenarios we had assumed that a handful of economies (no more than 5) would follow China and Italy in imposing severe mobility restrictions. That may seem nonsensical now, but this was just before the virus really took off and it was not yet clear how politicians would respond to the advice they were getting from medical professionals. Our forecasts at the time were significantly below consensus. However, they were also out of date within about a week, as more and more countries started to impose Italianlike restrictions. Rather than 'a handful', we now rate 33 out of 42 economies under our coverage as having 'severe' mobility restrictions. And, as a result, our baseline growth forecast for 2020 (-3%YoY) is now nearly 400bp below our worst case scenario from two months ago. Figure 2 illustrates the relationship between mobility restrictions and growth outcomes (for an explanation see this report and for the latest ratings this spreadsheet).
However, even our current -3% forecast may prove far too optimistic. It assumes that mobility restrictions start to get lifted throughout May, and that activity returns to a degree of normality by end Q2/early Q3. Modally that may still seem possible—as the heatmap on the next page shows, economies other than China have started to ease restrictions—but the lifting is slow and there is a significant risk that the virus count flares up again. The purpose of this report is to try to show how things might evolve if that assumption is wrong: what if severe mobility restrictions are extended all the way to end June? Or what if the virus is not contained and keeps coming back in waves until the middle of 2021?
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