March 19, 2020 / 9:39 PM / 16 days ago

Brazil unveils $2 billion package for 11 million low-earning workers hit by coronavirus

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s government on Thursday unveiled a 10 billion reais ($2 billion) aid package for some 11 million low-wage workers whose income and working hours will be reduced by the coronavirus outbreak.

The cash will come from a workers support fund, the Economy Ministry said, adding the government also aims to cover the first 15 days of wages for any employee with coronavirus who is sent home.

Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Writing by Jamie McGeever; Editing by Chris Reese

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