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Emergency Covid-19 aid has been essential for low-income workers

The government's monthly coronavirus benefits have made a significant difference for poor families, but it will need an extension

Emergency Covid-19 aid has been essential for low-income workers
Woman waiting for food donations in Planaltina, Goiás. Photo: Marcos Casiano/Shutterstock

The next tug of war between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Congress is set to revolve around the emergency coronavirus aid paid out to vulnerable populations, initially slated as a three-month program of BRL 600 monthly payments. With the term of the benefit coming to an end, nearly every major power broker in the capital agrees that extending the aid is a necessity — despite the federal government claiming it does not have the funds to keep it going.

A study by Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economics (Ipea) — using data provided by a household survey held by the...

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