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Weekly Report - 02 April 2020 (WR-20-13)

BRAZIL: Protecting the vulnerable?

On 31 March, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres urged wealthy countries to support those that are less developed in their efforts to tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. That same day, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, repeated that the pandemic will hit emerging and under-developed economies the hardest, and he recommended that governments put in place social policies to shield their most vulnerable populations and ensure that they are able to comply with public health recommendations. In Brazil, where 38m people work in the informal sector, and almost 35m do not have access to running water, authorities have been slow to take such measures.

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