10 September 2020

This Week’s COVID-19 Snapshot

The weekly snapshot provides expert insight on the outbreak and its widespread impact. In this edition, we highlight Jordan’s targeted approach to tackling new cases, major dissatisfaction with Netanyahu’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic coupled with his corruption charges and the stimulus agenda to revive India’s economy.

 

9 September 2020 – Jordan

Predictions:

  • Government will prioritise targeted measures to combat recent rise in COVID-19 cases while seeking to minimise economic impact
  • Restrictions on travellers mean resumption of commercial flights will have limited impact on tourism but will facilitate return of expatriate Jordanians
  • Government will avoid implementing austerity measures or tax rises ahead of planned November elections in order to avoid provoking unrest

 

9 September 2020 – Israel-Palestine

Predictions:

  • Deal to delay budget formation will avert election this year, but Netanyahu remains willing to trigger poll in March 2021 to ensure he retains premiership
  • Lack of concessions from Gantz, particularly in form of judicial appointments, will mean Netanyahu remains willing to pursue another election
  • Anti-Netanyahu anger over mishandling of COVID-19 and corruption will sustain protests but these may slow if COVID-19 surge leads to lockdowns

 

8 September 2020 – India

Predictions:

  • Massive GDP decline will increase pressure on government to introduce further stimulus measures, but major package unlikely in coming months
  • Continuing public support for government and funding constraints will limit likelihood of large handouts or significant business reforms in near term
  • Government will likely announce more limited measures to deflect criticism and boost spending ahead of autumn festival season

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