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India's coronavirus lockdown spells disaster for struggling economy

Government can cut taxes and red tape to boost eventual return to growth

| India
An empty shopping mall in Gurugram, pictured on Mar. 19: lockdown will ruin the income of brick-and-mortar shops which are already suffering from online competition.   © Reuters

Even before the coronavirus outbreak in India and the government's imposition of the world's largest lockdown, affecting 1.3 billion people, the country's economy was struggling.

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