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This editorial discusses the potential short, and long-run macroeconomic impacts of Covid-19 in India, presents early evidence of some of these effects and examines policy issues that would be important in the coming days. Since the Indian economy was experiencing sluggish growth on the eve of the Covid-19 outbreak, the economic downturn could be severe, and the policy intervention would require a careful weighing of options and priorities. Given that policy space and resources are limited, policies that help manage the short-run crisis and yield significant long-run benefits should receive serious consideration.
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