An IMF senior official comments via Reuters

  • too premature to make assessment on quantitative impact of coronovirus outbreak on Asian economies
  • IMF managing director will discuss impact of coronovirus outbreak on global growth at upcoming G20 finance leaders' meeting
  • says coronavirus impact definitely poses increased downside risk to Asia especially on countries having close ties with China
  • China has room to take fiscal policy steps if its economy slows more, but we hope they stick with structural reform
  • Japan, if necessary, can do more fiscal measures to maintain economic growth