How countries are helping small businesses survive COVID-19

A woman walks past a closed shop in a city centre amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, in Middlesbrough, Britain, March 3, 2021.

Scores of retail businesses have permanently closed in cities around the world since the Great Lockdown in the spring of 2020. Image: REUTERS/Lee Smith

Kazuko Shirono
Deputy Division Chief, The Financial Institutions Division of the Statistics Department of the IMF
Yingjie Fan
Project officer, IMF’s Statistics Department
Esha Chhabra
Economist, IMF’s Statistics Department
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How countries of differing incomes are supporting small businesses during COVID-19. Image: IMF's Financial Access COVID-19 Policy Tracker and IMF Staff Calculations.
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