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Great Reboot

Economic cost of coronavirus seen in UK jobs data says minister

FILE PHOTO: A person leaves a branch of Jobcentre Plus, a government run employment support and benefits agency, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Hackney, London, Britain, August 6, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley

LONDON (Reuters) - Coronavirus was always going to have an economic cost said junior health minister Edward Argar, when asked about UK jobs data which showed the biggest fall in employment in the country since 2009.

“We always knew that sadly this disease would not only have a health cost but would have an economic cost and I think we are seeing the consequences of part of that,” he told Sky News on Tuesday.

Reporting by Sarah Young and Guy Faulconbridge

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