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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many workers and families into precarity. Millions have lost work, and those who continue to work are doing so in new and trying conditions. In many countries, governments are providing direct support to ease the pressure on individuals and households. See how those responses compare on the key issues of wage and income support, food and necessities, and housing.

Wage and income support

How governments are supporting and protecting household incomes

Food and necessities

How governments are ensuring access to food, utilities and other basic necessities


How governments are easing the pressure on homeowners and renters

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