Covid-19 deepens Argentina's economic crisis; WB predicts 7.3% fall in GDP

The World Bank foresees a 7.3% contraction in Argentina's gross domestic product this year, one of the worst recessions in Latin America

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One of the world's biggest producers of soy, wheat, and other foodstuffs is facing a hunger problem.

APPTI Buenos Aires
As they wait out quarantine in a cramped, windowless room, Natividad Bentez brings her six children all of their meals from the soup kitchen where she earns $133 a month, barely enough to cover her rent and a few extra monthly costs.

Since the new coronavirus came to Argentina, the priest who employs her, the Rev. Juan Isasmendi, has gone from serving 350 meals a day to 7,000, feeding residents of a poor Buenos Aires neighborhood where economic activity has all but stopped due to strict anti-virus measures.

"Without his help I don't know what would become of me,'' she

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First Published: Jun 12 2020 | 4:00 PM IST

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