India’s economic output shrank by nearly 24 percent in the most recent quarter, the worst contraction since records began and the largest such drop of any major economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gross domestic product fell by 23.9 percent in the three months ending in June over the same period a year earlier, according to official statistics released Monday.

The stunning decline reflects the economic toll of India’s nationwide lockdown and illustrates the depth of the challenge facing Indian policymakers as they grapple both with a hobbled economy and a raging pandemic. India is currently adding the largest number of new coronavirus cases per day of any country in the world.

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