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Ankara’s economic measures bring little relief against virus crisis

The embattled Turkish lira has continued to nosedive and Turkey’s risk premium has climbed to new highs despite a package of government measures to stem the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Governments across the world have sprung into desperate action to curb the massive economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, but the efficiency of the measures remains largely uncertain in the face of a pandemic that is upending economic, political and social conventions.

Social distancing — the primary precaution to minimize fatalities — has abruptly hit consumer demand for a wide range of goods and services worldwide, which, in turn, is forcing halts in production. With all types of corporate assets sagging, governments are resorting to cliche monetary and fiscal remedies from other times of global crisis. The impact of these measures remains uncertain.

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