Poverty in Colombia rose to 42.5% in 2020 driven by pandemic

The cities with the highest extreme poverty are Quibdó (30.1 %) and Riohacha (27.7 %), while the lowest numbers are in Manizales (7.9 %) and Medellín (9.1 %).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Monetary poverty in Colombia rose to 42.5 % last year, increasing 6.8 percentage points from 35.7 % in 2019, driven by the covid-19 pandemic, official sources reported Thursday.

"We are seeing a statistically significant increase in the incidence of national monetary poverty from 35.7% of the inhabitants of the national territory to 42.5%," explained the director of the Administrative Department of National Statistics (DANE), Juan Daniel Oviedo, at a press conference.

In this line, the official explained that Colombia went from having "17.4 million people in monetary poverty to having 21 . . .

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