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    Nations Ramp Up Anti-COVID-19 Measures as Global Tally Nears 4 Million (91)

    The United States lost a historic 20.5 million jobs in April as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ratcheted up the country’s unemployment rate by 10.3 percent to 14.7 percent, the Labour Department said in its monthly employment report.

    President Donald Trump has stated that "all those lost jobs will be back very soon" when answering a question about April jobless numbers in the US.

    "It's fully expected, there's no surprise. Somebody said, 'oh look at this'. I'll bring it back", he said in an interview with Fox News.

    The statement comes after the US Labour Department said in its monthly employment report that the country lost 20.5 million jobs in April.

    "The changes in these measures reflect the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it", the report said.

    The state of Washington, which continues to hold sections of its economy under lockdown over fears that COVID-19 infections have not yet peaked there, led jobless claims losses for the week that ended 2 May with 56,030 new filings. California, the most populous US state and the third largest by size, noted the largest weekly drop with 203,017 fewer filings.

    The Commerce Department stated last week that the US economy dropped 4.8 percent in the first three months of 2020. It was the sharpest economic decline since the Great Recession of 2008-09 and came as COVID-19 shuttered non-essential businesses across the country’s 50 states from mid-March before many began reopening last week.

    More than 1.2 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the United States with 73,573 fatalities, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre. US agencies, including the Treasury Department, have so far committed more than $6 trillion to rescue the US economy from a nearly seven-week lockdown forced by the virus.

    As the US continues to be the country worst hit by COVID-19, most of the 50 states in the country are under lockdown. American authorities have shuttered non-essential businesses and asked people to stay home in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. Some states have, however, said they were reopening parts of their economy from late April.

    Nations Ramp Up Anti-COVID-19 Measures as Global Tally Nears 4 Million (91)
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