Switzerland has a kilometer-long queue for free food

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Switzerland has a kilometer-long queue for free food

The coronavirus epidemic had a serious impact on the vulnerable sections of the Swiss population. In 2018, in a country with a population of about 8.6 million people, 660,000 people were considered poor.
On Saturday, May 9, in Geneva, more than 1,000 people lined up to receive free grocery packages, as the coronavirus epidemic had a serious impact on vulnerable populations, according to Reuters.
 
The line stretched over more than 1 km. According to the agency, people began to gather at 5 a.m.
 
“At the end of the month, my pockets are empty. We have to pay bills, insurance, and everything else,” said Ingrid Berala, a part-time resident of Geneva from Nicaragua. “It’s good that there is food for a week. A week of relief … I don’t know what will happen next,” the woman added.
 
According to the Caritas charity, in 2018, in a country with a population of about 8.6 million people, 660,000 people were poor. In particular, these are single parents and people with a low level of education who cannot find work. More than 1.1 million people were at risk of poverty, which means that they had less than 60% of the average income, which in 2018 was 6538 Swiss francs ($ 6,736) for full-time employment.
 
Recall that in Switzerland at that moment 30,251 people were infected with the coronavirus, 1,823 people died.
 
According to the Swiss bank UBS, Geneva is the second most expensive city in the world for a family of three. In the first place – Zurich.