Nearly 600,000 Australian residents lost their jobs in April due to restrictive measures introduced in connection with the outbreak of new coronavirus infection, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
According to ABS statistics, from March to April, the number of employees decreased by 594.3 thousand, while the unemployment rate increased by only 1 percentage point to 6.2%.
“A significant reduction in employment did not lead to a corresponding increase in the number of unemployed, because about 489.8 thousand people left the labor market,” Bjorn Jarvis, head of the ABC labor statistics department, explained in a press release.
Taking into account those who have left the labor market, about 2.7 million people in the country either left work or fewer hours worked between March and April, according to the ABS data. At the same time, the total number of working hours was reduced by 9.2%.
Among those who left the labor market – about 2.7 million people who either left work or work fewer hours between March and April, follows from the ABS data.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the loss of 600 thousand jobs “destructive” for the Australians. “It is a very difficult day, terribly shocking, although it was not unexpected,” the ABC television and radio corporation quotes the premier.
“In the coming months, we need to prepare for other hard news for the Australians, but it’s important that we don’t forget to support each other on a day like today,” Morrison said.
A US scientist Ancha Baranova cited statistics according to which 7-8% of patients with COVID-19 had no antibodies to coronavirus, and the same number of patients had a very large number of antibodies. Allergologist-immunologist Vladimir Prokopenko commented on these data for Sputnik radio.
According to the latest data from the country’s Ministry of Health, the number of confirmed cases of infection with a new coronavirus infection in Australia reached 6,975, 98 patients with COVID-19 died, more than 6.2 thousand people recovered.
On March 11, the World Health Organization announced an outbreak of a new coronavirus infection with the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 4.1 million cases of infection have been recorded in the world, over 287 thousand people have died.