as recently as last week, the government wrote down the forecast due to the spread of the new coronavirus. The GDP is projected to be 0.3 percentage points lower than that of the ministry of finance's previous forecasts.
since Then, the spread of the virus is continuing, both in Sweden and in other countries. Moreover, the world stock markets have fallen across a broad front after the fall in the price of oil.
it will not be affected, the assessment of the rate of growth of the last few days of development.
The assessment was not made on the basis that the position would be maintaining the status quo. It is still up to date, even though uncertainty has increased since that time. But it has not been washed away by the events that happened over the weekend, " says Magdalena Andersson.
last week, the government decided to introduce a new system of short-time working schemes, which are supposed to protect the workers from being laid off during temporary economic downturns. The system shall be implemented no later than the 1st of August.
"We are working very hard to try to bring forward the införandedatumet," says Magdalena Andersson.
the Swedish national Board of health and the Folkhälsomyndigheten has been expanded in order to cover the increased costs incurred in connection with the work against the spread of infection. According to Magdalena Andersson, the Swedish government is prepared to deploy additional resources, if needed.
" We are monitoring the situation closely and is looking at measures that can be directly linked to the coronavirus. However, if this would have a greater overall impact on the economy, so we are looking also at the general growth-enhancing measures.
" If we were to get into a situation where there is need for more public incentives, and so we know that it is the public sector, which is the most effective. This means that for an increase in funding to local government and the regions, and labour market interventions.
this has been already flagged for a five-billion for the regions and cities of the vårbudgeten. The minister of finance did not want to say, if it can get even more money.
" We are monitoring the situation constantly and be ready to take action to deal with the situation. So it's good that we have kept the barns, and the necessary resources, " says Magdalena Andersson.
She points out that, historically, has been the major outbreak of disease has not led to any major long-term effect on the economy.
" But it is, of course, about how the coronavirus is going to be shared, and how much karantänsåtgärder that it's going to be. What is important is that we have kept in the barns is just for us to be able to prepare ourselves for the kind of uncertainty that prevails at the moment. It's going to be not a lack of money prevents us from taking the necessary action.
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