The Bank of England, in an emergency meeting on Thursday, cut its bank rate by 15 basis points to 0.1% and further increased its holdings of U.K. government bonds and sterling non-financial investment-grade corporate bonds by £200 billion to a total of £645 billion. "The spread of COVID-19 and the measures being taken to contain the virus will result in an economic shock that could be sharp and large, but should be temporary," the central bank said, in a statement.
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