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World Bank Head Says Virus Expected to Weigh on First-Half Global Growth

A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask takes a selfie outside a store in Milan on Feb. 25.

A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask takes a selfie outside a store in Milan on Feb. 25.

Photographer: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg

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World Bank President David Malpass said global economic growth in the first half of 2020 is likely to fall short of the 2.5% pace that the lender has forecast for the full year.