NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – One in two people worldwide sees their incomes drop due to the coronavirus, with people in low-income countries hit hard by unemployment or reduced hours of work.
Gallup, a US polling company that surveyed 300,000 people in 117 countries, found that half of those employed had less income due to the disruption of the COVID-19 epidemic.This translates to adults. 1.6 billion people worldwide
“Globally, these percentages are high, from 76 percent in Thailand to the lowest of 10 percent in Switzerland,” the researchers said in a statement.
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In Bolivia, Myanmar, Kenya, Uganda, Indonesia, Honduras and Ecuador, more than 70% of people surveyed said they had returned home less than before the global health crisis. In the United States, this figure has dropped to 34%.
The COVID-19 crisis has affected workers around the world, especially women, who are overrepresented in low-paying sectors such as retail, tourism and food services.
A study by international charity Oxfam on Thursday said the outbreak cost women around the world $ 800 billion.
Gallup polls found that more than half of respondents said they were temporarily paused in jobs or businesses, translating to an estimated 1.7 billion adults worldwide.
In 57 countries, including India, Zimbabwe, Philippines, Kenya, Bangladesh, El Salvador, more than 65% of respondents said they had temporarily stopped working.
The countries where people tend to say the least downtime are developed and high-income countries.
Less than 1 in 10 of those employed in Austria, Switzerland and Germany said they were paused. In the United States, that figure is 39%, according to research.
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The survey also showed that one in three respondents lost their jobs or businesses due to the outbreak, which translates to more than one billion people worldwide.
These numbers also vary from low-income countries such as the Philippines, Kenya and Zimbabwe.More than 60% of respondents lost their jobs or businesses, compared with 3% in Switzerland and 13% in the United States.