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Markets locked in pandemic panic despite global policy response

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Governments and central banks failed to prevent fear from taking hold of the capital markets this week, as Covid-19 reached pandemic status. European equity indices faced record falls on Thursday, before the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced a $500bn repo operation to combat "highly unusual disruptions" in the US Treasury market. But it is far from clear if such extraordinary intervention will be enough to stop the panic.

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