Brazil: informal workers necessities imposed by COVID-19 2020

As of March 2020, during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the COVID-19, there were more than 38 million informally self-employed people in Brazil. It has been calculated that, in order to stop them from falling below the poverty threshold, each informal worker would need an income of roughly 250 Brazilian reals per month. Thus, the Brazilian government would need to spend 9.5 billion reals to keep that part of the workforce above the poverty threshold. For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

Key figures on estimated needs of informal workers in Brazil during the COVID-19 outbreak as of March 2020

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

March 2020

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