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Small business owners next in the firing line amid Covid-19 crisis

Ten million small business owners could be forced to shut up shop without help

Small business owners next in the firing line amid Covid-19 crisis
25 de Março Street: Latin America’s largest popular commerce. Photo: Vinicius Bacarin/Shutterstock

That the Covid-19 pandemic will cause severe damage to the Brazilian job market is an inescapable fact. In fact, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has made this his main platform throughout the crisis, with a discourse prioritizing the economy even above the health of the population. While the president backs irresponsible and unscientific measures of reopening commerce and relaxing social isolation policies, his cabinet has proposed measures to provide financial assistance to the lowest income strata of the population and informal workers, though the implementation of these subsidies is stalling in Brasilia.

Though these groups are rightly identified...

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