Finance · 13 March 2020

Expert economist answers your COVID-19 financial queries

Many financial professionals are warning that the economy may not have the immunity to battle the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the global economy now faces its biggest challenge since the financial crisis.

with the world’s economy already weakened by trade wars and political turmoil, Covid-19 risks causing a global recession, if prompt and appropriate governments? intervention are not implemented, said Dr Maria Rana, an expert in economics and finance at the?University of Salford Business School.

Below, she answers our top industry queries during this outbreak.

Business Advice (BA): Do you think the UK economy has already been hit harder by coronavirus than SARS

Maria Rana (MA): Although it is difficult to exactly quantify the overall economic impact of COVID-19, there is no doubt that it has already hit the UK’s economy harder than SARS in 2003. This is due to increased globalisation and the more significant role currently played by China in the global economy. The country is now, in fact, the world’s second-largest economy and one of the UK’s major trading partners. Additionally, the spread of the coronavirus has hit the UK which was already weakened by the long-lasting political and economic uncertainty that has followed the Brexit referendum.

BA: What will be the impact be on the UK economy?

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