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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - More than a third of Argentines – some 16 million people – were living in poverty at the end of 2019, according to official data released Tuesday.

The INDEC national statistics bureau said that 35.5 percent of the population were considered poor in the second half of 2019 – a figure that is likely to worsen as a result of the ongoing nationwide shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The period, which marked the end of former president Mauricio Macri's term in office, saw the poverty rate grow by 3.5 percentage points year-on-year, though it . . .

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