Poor Households Bear the Economic Brunt of Covid-19

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THE COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world into unprecedented times of uncertainty and turmoil. As the global numbers of positive cases and deaths continue to increase – exponentially, for some countries such as Italy, Spain and the US – governments are recognising that an effective measure to contain the spread of the virus is to impose a temporary lockdown. In Malaysia the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed by the government on March 18 and further extended until April 14 acts as such. Expectedly, the MCO resulted in adverse effects for the livelihood of businesses and individuals. The operations of non-essential businesses ...


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