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COVID-19: Almost half of Lebanon now lives below poverty line

Lebanon’s cabinet has approved financial aid for low-income families as pandemic deepens what was already the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

Lebanon’s cabinet has approved financial aid for low-income families and those who have lost their jobs.

But the coronavirus pandemic is deepening what was already the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

About 33 percent of the population lived below the poverty line in September.

Now almost half of Lebanon has fallen below that line.

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr has more from Beirut.