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Over 197,000 Austrians lose jobs in two weeks due to coronavirus

KUWAIT, March 30 (KUNA) — Over 179,000 people have lost their jobs in Austria in the past two weeks due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday quoted the Austrian Labor Inspectorate as saying that the restrictions and preventive measures taken by the government to contain coronavirus have increased the unemployment rate drastically.

A woman walks through the underground station Karlsplatz at rush hour in Vienna, Austria, Monday, March 30, 2020. Karlsplatz is the most important point of the metro in Vienna. The Austrian government has moved to restrict freedom of movement for people, in an effort to slow the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)


Many companies and businesses closed their doors after the enforcement of the restrictions on 16 March.
At least 58,000 workers in the hotel and restaurant sectors lost, 22,000 workers in the building industry and 1,000 workers in services sector lost their jobs, it indicated.
Earlier, the Health Ministry confirmed 564 new infections and 22 deaths related to the coronavirus.
The total number of infections across Austria now reached 9,377 and the deaths climbed to 108, it clarified

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