The most recent opinion survey conducted by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) for the La República newspaper suggests that 31% of those interviewed had lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 virus. The proportion was even higher among low-income earners, especially those in the informal sector.
Two-thirds (67%) replied that their own family economy had been badly affected. Again, the impact was greater among poorer families (Groups D and E) where 75% reported serious economic damage. The survey was conducted between 16 and 22 April.
Of those replying, 30% said that they had benefited or would do so from government subsidies (bonos) and 20% said they would use their withdrawals from their AFP pension pot. 12% had received food parcels from their municipality.
More than half the numbers surveyed (51%) said they feared loss of their livelihood and the prospect of hunger more than the threat of disease. A large majority (90%) believed that the pandemic was out of control and that there would be many more deaths. And an almost similar proportion (86%) said that the cost of defeating the virus would prove excessive in terms of the family economy. Still, 85% are fearful of contracting the disease or that some member of their family would do so.