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  • Economy: Coronavirus lockdown will affect sectors amounting to up to one third of GDP in the major economies

    27 March 2020

    Many economies will fall into recession, as the global lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic will affect sectors amounting to up to one third of GDP in the major economies, a new OECD update says. OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría has called for “sharper action to absorb the shock, and a more coordinated response by governments”.

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  • Covid-19: Joint actions to win the war

    20 March 2020

    By OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría: The coronavirus pandemic is causing large-scale loss of life and is a public health crisis without precedent in living memory, which is testing our collective capacity to respond. We need a level of ambition similar to that of the Marshall plan, but at a global scale.

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  • Health: Staying apart to stay healthy

    27 March 2020

    “Social distancing” has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic as a way of keeping a healthy space between people in public places, when queuing to buy food for instance. It helps reduce contagion and delay the disease peak, so that health systems and their workers can cope with demand.

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  • Economy and coronavirus: The need for global co-operation

    17 March 2020

    "We have never been in a problem this big with a type of enemy like this one," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said in an interview from Paris on “Bloomberg Markets: European Open”, while calling for a co-ordinated response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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  • Covid-19: Key policy responses from the OECD

    16 March 2020

    How should policymakers respond to the coronavirus crisis? On the employment and social front, what measures could they take to reduce exposure in the workplace, for instance, or address challenges related to pay and sick leave? What are the policy responses on tax, and to help households and small businesses to weather the storm?

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  • Tackling the coronavirus (Covid-19): Contributing to a global effort

    What are the impacts and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on our lives and our societies – and what are some of the solutions we can find to boost our healthcare systems, secure our businesses, maintain our jobs and education, and stabilise financial markets and economies?

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  • OECD health data

    Health care spending, health care use, hospital stays, vaccination rates, doctor consultations, and more. Find OECD data for your country, with dynamic charts, maps, tables and related publications at

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  • Coronavirus watch

    Follow the latest coronavirus developments in your country with real time data and news generated by artificial intelligence.

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  • Health essentials from OECD iLibrary

    “Coronavirus: The world economy at risk-OECD Economic Outlook”; “Health for Everyone?: Social Inequalities in Health and Health Systems”; “Bringing health care to the patient: An overview of the use of telemedicine in OECD countries”: for these reports and more, including working papers, journals and articles, visit OECD iLibrary.

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G20 GDP growth slows to 0.6% in the Q4 2019

Tax in the time of Covid-19, by Pascal Saint-Amans

How to design for systems failure with Igor Linkov

Statement following President Macron’s announcement on the French government’s response to Coronavirus

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