Nearly half of households in Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, or Greater Buenos Aires, lost income during the pandemic, according to a recent study.

Data from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses of Argentina (INDEC) reveals 49.3% of households in the urban center lost their livelihoods due to restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

INDEC’s latest report released Monday, which contains data from August-October, showed that four out of 10 households had at least one member with employment problems such as dismissal, suspension and decrease in income.

Meanwhile, 33.8% of households had to eliminate an essential food from their market lists due to loss of income.

The figures are grim as three-quarters of people in Buenos Aires have already received the Emergency Family Income — a financial aid provided by the government.

“The impact was greater in households with heads of lower education (up to incomplete secondary school): 45.7%,” the report said referring to work problems. “In those with male and female heads with a medium educational level, it reached 37%; and in households whose male and female heads have a complete tertiary/university level of education or more, 34.5% were affected.”

Argentina has registered more than 1.5 million coronavirus cases and over 41,000 deaths, according to a running tally of the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

The country has agreed to buy around 22 million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine and 10 million doses of Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

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