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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The number of households receiving emergency aid grew in June. The aid, which ensures social protection during the period of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, reached 29.4 million Brazilian households last month (43 percent), where nearly half (49.5 percent) of the Brazilian population lives, according to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) released on Thursday.

There was an increase of 3.1 million households benefited compared to May, where at least one person in the family had access to the main aid program during the health crisis. The poorest . . .

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