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Uruguay watches its pockets as pandemic spreads poverty

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Covid-19 pandemic added 100,000 to the number of poor people in Uruguay, a country known for its social policies and which currently occupies last place in the ranking of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in monetary transfers to the vulnerable population.

In February, Economy Minister Azucena Arbeleche said that in 2020 the country invested 2.3% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), some US$1.217 billion, to tackle the pandemic.

Of that figure, US$711 million, 1.3% of GDP, represented direct investment, with measures to assist . . .

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