Spain has cut nearly 900,000 jobs since it imposed tough measures to fight the coronavirus, another sign of the economic impact of the epidemic in the second most affected country in Europe.
The March figure is the highest monthly unemployment increase on record in the country, which already had one of the highest unemployment rates in the euro area.
Spain has banned all outings except essential activities and closed most businesses in mid-March.
It marked another sinister stage when the death toll exceeded 10,000.
Worldwide, the number of confirmed infections is close to one million with more than 47,000 deaths recorded, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks virus numbers worldwide. Some 195,000 people have recovered.
What is the latest news from Spain?
Data shows that 898,822 people have lost their jobs since the foreclosure started, including about 550,000 temporary workers. Spain’s official unemployment rate has reached 3.5 million, the highest level since April 2017.
“This is an absolutely unprecedented situation,” said Minister of Labor Yolanda Díaz at a press conference. The tourism and construction sectors were the hardest hit.
The figures come amid dire predictions about the possible economic impact of the measures imposed to combat the virus. A UN report has estimated that up to 25 million jobs may be lost worldwide.
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Meanwhile, 10,003 people in Spain have died of Covid-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – while 950 new deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, another daily record, the Ministry of Health said .
The number of confirmed cases increased from 102,136 on Wednesday to 110,238, an increase of 8%. Day-to-day increases have slowed in recent days.
Italy has the highest death toll in the world – 13,155 – and more than 110,000 confirmed cases. The country was the first in the West to impose tough measures to fight the virus, and the government has warned of a “serious” recession.
What’s going on elsewhere?
More than 5,000 people have died in the United States, including a six-week-old baby in Connecticut, believed to be the youngest American victim of the virus so far. Authorities have warned that 240,000 people could die in the country even if mitigation measures are in place.
Confirmed infections in the United States increased by more than 25,000 in one day. The most affected location is New York, where nearly 47,500 people tested positive and more than 1,300 died, but new clusters are developing in places like Detroit and New Orleans.
Florida, Georgia and Mississippi have become the last states in the United States to issue foreclosure orders. Over 75% of the country’s population has been ordered to stay at home.
In other developments around the world:
- Belgiumdeath toll rose to 1,000
- In Iran more than 3,100 deaths have been officially confirmed
- United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said government must “massively scale up” testing amid growing criticism of government response
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte warned people that they could be shot if they caused trouble due to restrictions, saying police and military have the power to shoot if their lives are in danger
- In China, City of Shenzhen Banned Eating Cats and Dogs Following Epidemic
- Dharavi, a huge slum IndiaThe financial capital of Mumbai has announced its first death linked to the coronavirus. Over a million people live in extremely overcrowded conditions in Dharavi, considered the largest slum in Asia
- Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised the largest economic program in the history of the country