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COVID-19 has proved overwhelming for GEEP clients. 95% of the clients say they are concerned about COVID-19, and a similar proportion said their overall financial situation had worsened. This is higher than 60dB benchmark for COVID-19, where 87% expressed a level of concern and 84% said their family finances were worse. 86% are experiencing hunger more regularly than they used to and 46% said that consumption per person had “very much decreased”.

Businesses have taken a hit because of COVID-19. 63% said that their income from their business activity had “very much decreased”, caused primarily by restrictions on movement and a reduction in customers. 59% said they were forced to close this month due to the pandemic.