The coronavirus epidemic could damage global economic growth this year, the IMF head said Sunday, but a sharp and rapid economic rebound could follow.\r\n\u201cThere may be a cut that we are still hoping would be in the 0.1-0.2 percentage space,\u201d the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, told the Global Women's Forum in Dubai.\r\nShe said the full impact of the spreading disease that has already killed more than 1,600 people would depend on how quickly it was contained.\r\n\u201cI advise everybody not to jump to premature conclusions. There is still a great deal of uncertainty. We operate with scenarios, not yet with projections, ask me in 10 days,\u201d Georgieva said.\r\nIn its January update to the World Economic Outlook, the IMF lowered global economic growth forecast in 2020 by a 0.1 percentage point to 3.3 percent, following a 2.9 percent growth the previous year, the lowest in a decade.\r\nGeorgieva said it was \u201ctoo early\u201d to assess the full impact of the epidemic but acknowledged that it had already affected sectors such as tourism and transportation.\r\n\u201cIt is too early to say because we don't yet quite know what is the nature of this virus. We don't know how quickly China will be able to contain it. We don't know whether it will spread to the rest of the world,\u201d she said.\r\nIf the disease is \u201ccontained rapidly, there can be a sharp drop and a very rapid rebound\u201d, in what is known as the V-shaped impact, she said.\r\nCompared to the impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002, she said China's economy then made up just 8.0 percent of global economy. Now, that figure is 19 percent.\r\nShe said the trade agreement between the United States and China, the world's first and second economies, had reduced the disease's impact on global economy.\r\nBut the world should be concerned \u201cabout sluggish growth\u201d impacted by uncertainty, said the IMF chief.\r\n\u201cWe are now stuck with low productivity growth, low economyic growth, low interest rates and low inflation,\u201d she told the Dubai forum, also attended by US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and former British prime minister Theresa May.