A projected 8.5 million people of Indonesia will fall into poverty this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the report. In the worst-case scenario, Southeast Asia’s biggest economy will grow by just 1 percent in 2020 according to the report by SMERU Research Institute. The prediction means that the number of poor people will surge to 33.24 million or 12.37 percent of Indonesia’s total population, a figure last seen in 2009 at 32.5 million people before it gradually declined over the years.

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