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Covid-19 has affected millions of people globally including unprepared city authorities and governments. Over 95 percent of the cases are in urban areas, making this pandemic an acute urban humanitarian crisis. As a result, issues that urban development experts have been advocating for years have come under the spotlight again. In Bangladesh, recent Covid-19 impact assessments conducted by different agencies and think tanks including PPRC-BIGD warn that there will be millions of “new poor”, adding to the city authorities’ responsibilities for providing full recovery support until they are back on their feet.

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