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The coronavirus pandemic has hit the economy hard. Lockdown orders forced many businesses to shut down and activity dropped sharply (Figure 1). Large numbers of people became unemployed or dropped out of the labour market, unwinding a large part of the 10-year progress made to restore full employment. The downturn hit at a time when the economy was performing well, with wages gaining momentum, businesses generating large earnings, and banks posting healthy capital buffers.

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