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 . . .