The outbreak of coronavirus has led many countries to impose lockdown of various degrees. As a result, millions of people have lost their jobs while a multitude of businesses has closed down. It has also brought production and spending to an abrupt halt – leading the global economy in its worst state.
In such a situation, it is natural for people to expect the reopening of the economy soon. However, is this the right time for the re-launch of the economy when the spread of COVID-19 is at its fullest?
In this regard, the Ipsos conducted a survey and found that citizens of different countries have varying opinions about the reopening.
For instance, Russians are in favor of restarting the economy. They are also the most fearless about it as well! Germans also have a similar response and are satisfied with the coronavirus response from their country.
India, which has imposed a very strict lockdown since the end of March might reopen some businesses and ease travel restrictions after May 3. And although Indians are nervous about leaving their homes amidst the COVID-19 and the potential after effects of the reopening – 51% are in favor of resuming business operations while 43% disagree and say it’s too early.
China and Italy – the two countries that have seen the hardest hit from the coronavirus pandemic have a majority of citizens wanting the economy to restart. While the Chinese are still cautious about going out again, Italians are ready to resume a normal life.
Here, it should be noted that the Italians have been under strict stay-at-home orders since March 9th, the longest lockdown in Europe to date.