Governments battling a virus that has crossed borders with breathtaking speed are pinning their hopes on tests, technology and a coordinated approach to ease the tight restrictions on movement that have slowed the outbreak but strangled the global economyApril 14, 2020, 2:54 PM6 min read Governments battling a virus that has crossed borders with breathtaking speed pinned their hopes Tuesday on tests, technology and a coordinated approach to ease the tight restrictions on movement that have slowed the outbreak but strangled the global economy. While the European Union looked into creating a COVID-19 smartphone app that could function across the bloc, governors on both U.S. coasts pledged to work together as they planned an easing of the confinement of millions. The main concern is to avoid a resurgence by the virus. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund said the world economy, battered by the coronavirus, will suffer its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The IMF expects the global economy to shrink 3% this year before rebounding in 2021 with 5.8% growth, though it acknowledges prospects for a rebound next year are clouded by uncertainty. Here are some of AP’s top stories Tuesday on the world’s coronavirus pandemic.


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