IMF: Why social safety nets should be extended long after lockdown

A woman wearing a protective mask stands near a closed shop amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Padang, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia, April 20, 2020, in this photo taken by Antara Foto.  Antara Foto/Iggoy el Fitra/ via REUTERS    ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. - RC298G9K28L0

A strong economic recovery that benefits everyone will depend on improved social safety nets and broad-based fiscal support. Image: REUTERS

Vitor Gaspar
Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF
Raphael Lam
IMF Deputy Resident Representative for China, IMF
Mehdi Raissi
Senior Economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF
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