Tens of thousands of Hong Kong households living below poverty line as Covid hits economy

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(Hong Kong Free Press)

An estimated 1.1 million people live in households affected by unemployment or underemployment.

Hong Kong’s coronavirus-induced economic slump is hitting both working-class and middle-class families, with more than 100,000 households driven into poverty, a new analysis shows.

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) said more than 359,900 – or 17.1 per cent – of economically active households were suffering from unemployment or underemployment in the third quarter of last year.

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