Pandemic generated 22 million new poor in Latin America – ECLAC Report

The figures worsened throughout the region. In Argentina poverty increased by 6.5%. Other countries with high year-on-year increases include Ecuador (7.4%), Mexico (7%) and Peru (5.8%).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The pandemic has pushed 22 million people below the poverty line over 2020 in the region's countries, according to data from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Thus, 209 million people are considered poor and, of this total, 78 million are indigent. Latin America was one of the territories most affected by the health crisis, and all nations experienced increases in their indices.

On Wednesday, Argentina announced that the final poverty figure for last year stood at 42%, an increase of 6.5 percentage points over the previous year. Indigence climbed . . .

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