The Sudinfo news outlet said that half a million people have already lost jobs and an approximate one million Belgians in total might end up unemployed as the nation struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Many companies went out of business temporarily as part of an effort to contain the pandemic, prompting a sharp upward increase of unemployment rates. The Belgian government in this regard has pledged to facilitate unemployment application procedures.
"The application for temporarily unemployment benefits has been changed to not last more than three to four weeks", Muylle was quoted as saying.
The news outlet further cited her as saying that a one billion euro fund ($1.07 billion) had been allotted to pay the unemployment benefits and as much to support the self-employed people facing coronavirus-related disruptions.
Belgium's COVID-19 count is approaching the 2,000 mark with almost two dozen people dead and just one recovered.