The coronavirus pandemic is a health drama, but also an economic one for many households in Latin America, an already very unequal continent. The UN believes that the epidemic could push 45 million people into poverty, currently in intermediate social classes. “In a context of already glaring inequalities, high rates of informal work and fragmentation of health services, the most vulnerable populations and individuals are once again the most affected,” the secretary-general said in a statement. of the UN, Antonio Guterres.

Become the epicenter of the pandemic, the region counts more than three million cases of Covid-19, of which more than half in Brazil, according to a report established this week by hooly News from official sources. The other countries most affected are Mexico, Peru and Chile. According to the head of the UN, who has published a summary devoted to the consequences of the pandemic in Latin America, the fall in GDP for this region will reach 9.1%, the worst in a century.

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The economic impact will be all the more devastating as the pandemic affects the region after seven years of slow growth, and while deep inequalities persist with millions of people without medical coverage or drinking water, notes the UN. The United Nations expects the poverty rate to increase by 7% in 2020, an increase of 45 million people, for a total of 230 million poor, representing 37.2% of the population living in America Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Extreme poverty is also expected to increase by 4.5%, or some 28 million people, to affect a total of 96 million people (15.5% of the population). These people are going to be “at risk of hunger,” official Alicia Barcena told reporters.

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