Live updates: Coronavirus cases nearing 1 million worldwide as death toll soars in U.S., Europe; American unemployment claims explode
MADRID — Spain’s confirmed coronavirus death toll surpassed 10,000 on Thursday, with 950 new fatalities within 24 hours, marking the deadliest day in the outbreak that has cost the country at least 10,003 lives.
The number of confirmed cases in Spain increased by 8,102, reaching a total of 110,238 cases. But the caseload continued to grow at a slower pace than last week, and health officials hope that a nationwide lockdown is having an impact.
Twenty days into the confinement measures, however, the economic fallout is mounting. Spanish Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz said Thursday there has been an “exceptional” month-on-month rise in unemployment, with 302,265 new jobless due to the nationwide lockdown measures adopted in mid-March.
The number is not historic “in terms of the number of unemployed, but in the monthly increase,” Díaz said. “We have registered 3.5 million people receiving unemployment compensation.”
The minister said the service industry is the worst-hit sector, with 206,016 newly unemployed people, followed by the construction sector, with unemployment …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]