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标 题: Virus pushes US unemployment toward highest since Depression: 5 Weeks, 26 Million Claims
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Unemployment in the U.S. has swelled to levels last seen during the Great
Depression of the 1930s, with 1 in 6 American workers thrown out of a job by
More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits
last week, the government said Thursday. In all, roughly 26 million people
— more than the population of the six biggest U.S. cities combined — have
now filed for jobless aid in five weeks, an epic collapse that has raised
the stakes in the debate over how and when to lift the state-ordered stay-at
-home restrictions that have closed factories and other businesses from
coast to coast.
Abroad, there was mixed news about the epidemic. Some countries, including
Greece, Bangladesh and Malaysia, announced extensions of their lockdowns.
Vietnam, New Zealand and Croatia were among those moving to end or ease such
In Africa, COVID-19 cases rose 43% in the past week, up from 16,000 to 26,
000 cases, according to John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. The figures underscored a recent warning
from the World Health Organization that the virus could kill more than 300,
000 people in Africa and push 30 million into desperate poverty.
Huge lines have formed at food banks from El Paso, Texas, to the Paris
suburbs, and food shortages are hitting Africa especially hard.
The European Union has pledged 20 billion euros ($22 billion) to help
vulnerable communities globally. EU leaders scheduled a virtual summit
Thursday to take stock of the damage the crisis has inflicted on the bloc’s
own citizens and to work out an economic rescue plan.
The coronavirus has killed over 184,000 people worldwide, including about 47
,000 in the United States, according to a tally compiled by John Hopkins
University from official government figures. The true numbers are almost
certainly far higher.
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In the U.S., the economic consequences of the shutdowns have sparked angry
rallies in state capitals by protesters demanding that businesses reopen,
and President Donald Trump has expressed impatience over the restrictions.
Some governors have begun easing up despite warnings from health authorities
that it may be too soon to do so without sparking new infections. In
Georgia, gyms, hair salons and bowling alleys can reopen Friday. Texas has
reopened its state parks. – READ MORE
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