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Asia feared to witness zero % growth in 2020 : IMF

Updated: April 17, 2020 9:53 am

Asia is feared to witness zero percent growth in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, its worst growth performance in almost 60 years, the International Monetary Fund IMF) has said.

The IMF in a blog titled ‘COVID-19 Pandemic and the Asia-Pacific Region: Lowest Growth Since the 1960s’ further said the impact of the coronavirus on the region will be “severe and unprecedented”.

The blog said, “This is the worst growth performance in almost 60 years, including during the Global Financial Crisis, when the growth stood at 4.7 percent; and the Asian Financial Crisis when it stood at 1.3 percent.”

It further noted that “Asia still looks to fare better than other regions in terms of activity”.

Principal Secretary health of state Amit Mohan Prasad said that this facility is being expanded in all districts and initially 5 samples will be pooled. In the pool testing method, multiple swab samples are pooled together and tested. If the result of a collection of samples comes negative, then that means all the samples in that group are negative.

However, if the result of one collection is found positive, then each of those samples is tested individually. Principal secretary health Amit Mohan Prasad said that this will boost the daily testing capacity of state health department. Pool testing of a collection of samples is done during large outbreaks and invisible community transmission to fasten the screening process and bring down the cost. Meanwhile spread of corona virus is now in 48 districts of state and 773 patients has till now found corona positive.

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