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About two million people in Portugal have already suffered or will suffer substantial cuts to their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Portuguese digital newspaper Dinheiro Vivo reported on Monday, citing official data from the government and the National Statistics Institute (INE).

They now have to live off their social security benefit — and their number is expected to grow in the coming months, the report said.

Most of these people — over 1.3 million workers — were laid off under the simplified regime, which implies a loss of salary of up to 33 percent.

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“Between April 1 and May 4, Social Security received more than 314,000 requests or extensions of support,” the report said.

“There are still more than 271,000 people who have had to leave or miss work to take care of minor children or other dependent family members,” said the report citing the official balance sheet until May 13.

Additionally, according to the official figures, between March 1 and May 14, more than 115,000 people applied for unemployment benefit, representing a 60 percent jump in new requests, the report said.

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Portugal declared a state of emergency on March 18, which was renewed twice and downgraded to “state of calamity” on May 3, allowing a gradual return to normal activity.

As of Monday, Portugal had recorded 29,209 COVID-19 infections and 1,231 deaths, according to the health authorities.

(XINHUA)

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