Tue, 27 Jul 2021

HARARE, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Extreme poverty in Zimbabwe worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching 49 percent last year from 42 percent the previous year, the World Bank (WB) said in a report released Thursday.

According to the WB's Zimbabwe Economic Update, the COVID-19 pandemic added 1.3 million Zimbabweans to the extreme poor, reflecting job and income losses in urban areas and a deterioration of social services in rural areas.

This increased the number of people in extreme poverty to 7.9 million in 2020, up from 6.6 million in 2019.

The WB said economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic reduced jobs in urban areas and limited job opportunities in rural areas.

"Despite the renewed economic activity, poverty is likely to remain high as the scars from two years of recession (2019-2020), food insecurity and the pandemic linger," the World Bank said.

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