2020, 29 May
The damage caused by the corona virus and the associated lockdowns is becoming increasingly visible. Millions of people in the US have become unemployed, and the economy in the eurozone has shrunk more than ever in the first quarter. In the Netherlands, it wasn’t as bad as in the surrounding countries, but here the worst is yet to come. In the meantime, stock markets have already recovered considerably. The massive support deals announced by governments and central banks give the investors hope. Just like the fact that the spread of the virus has reduced in most countries. The number of active cases has declined sharply in China, South Korea and Japan, and the downward trend is also undeniable in Europe. It is stable in the US, while the increase in countries such as Brazil, India and Russia is still worrying. In the Netherlands, there are hardly any new hospitalisations and the number of corona patients in the ICU is steadily decreasing.