The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) has reported that the total consumption poverty line (TCPL) for an average of five persons shot to $7,425.81 in April from $6 420,87 in March 2020.
The report comes when the inflation in the country is continuously rising thereby eroding workers’ salaries. Posting on Twitter on Monday, the agency said:
The Food Poverty Line #FPL for one person in April 2020 was $596.96 while that for an average household of five persons was $2,984.7.
The Total Consumption Poverty Line #TCPL for one person during the same period (April 2020) was $1,485.16 while that for an average of five persons per household stood at $7,425.81.
The report is bad news to the majority of the Zimbabwean population that is confined at homes by the lockdown imposed on the country to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Even before the outbreak of the deadly virus, the Zimbabwean economy was sinking and more than 7.7 million people, or half of the country’s population, were already experiencing severe hunger following a poor agriculture season.
Meanwhile, authorities are doing less than expected to bail out the vulnerable people who have since made distress calls.
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