India’s GDP progress to lose momentum from Q3: Oxford Economics

New Delhi, July 28

Global forecasting agency Oxford Economics on Tuesday mentioned it expects India’s GDP progress to lose momentum from late third quarter (October-December) of the present fiscal because the push from the preliminary reopening fades.

It additional mentioned India fares the worst in its Asia restoration scorecard, implying that the nation will possible take the longest amongst main economies to converge to its pre-coronavirus progress degree.

Oxford Economics, in a report titled ‘India: A reopening gone wrong’, mentioned the central authorities’s makes an attempt to restart the economic system are already operating aground.

“In our baseline, we count on GDP progress to lose momentum from late Q3 on, as soon as the push from the preliminary reopening fades and, possible compounded by the continued pandemic and insufficient coverage assist, legacy financial headwinds re-assert themselves.

“The risk clearly is that proactive steps by regional governments, especially the richer ones, to stem the spread of the virus bring the tipping point forward,” it mentioned.

According to Oxford Economics, early knowledge means that the constructive financial impression of the accelerated lockdown exit shall be felt in June, with the impact strengthened by a world progress pick-up that has aided a restoration in exports.

“The outlook beyond that, however, has turned more worrisome. The reopening drive is already beginning to hit roadblocks, amid the surge in COVID-19 cases,” it noticed.

It identified that new virus hotspots have emerged throughout the nation since late June and, barring Delhi, no main area has had notable success in containing the virus.

“First, whereas we do see a excessive likelihood of restrictions being tightened anew, we don’t count on them to match the stringency of the section one of many nationwide lockdown that precipitated the utmost financial injury.

“Second, the rural economy, which is leading the recovery so far, seems at a much lower risk of shutting down again compared to cities, and should help cushion the downside to domestic demand,” it famous.

India’s financial progress stood at 4.2 per cent in 2019-20.

Growth projections for the present 12 months by varied international and home companies point out a pointy contraction, starting from (-) 3.2 per cent to (-) 9.5 per cent. 

With a single-day enhance of 47,703 COVID-19 circumstances, India’s virus tally mounted to 14,83,156 on Tuesday, whereas the loss of life toll rose to 33,425, based on the Union Health Ministry knowledge.

Recoveries surged to 9,52,743, pushing the restoration price to 64.24 per cent. — PTI


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