March 25, 2023

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A record one million Canadians lost their jobs in March from the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s statistical agency said on Thursday.

The previous benchmark for monthly job losses in Canada was set in January 2009 when 125,000 jobs disappeared, reports Leyland Cecco from Toronto.

In its monthly Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada said the country’s unemployment rate jumped more than 2.2 percent to 7.8%.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday,
Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday, Photograph: Sean Kilpatrick/AP

Economists, and the prime minister, had warned the numbers would be grim. Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday:

It’s going to be a hard day for the country. We’re facing a unique challenge. But I know that if we pull together our economy will come roaring back after this crisis.

Ontario experienced the largest job losses, with 403,000 losing their jobs. Quebec lost 264,000 jobs and British Columbia lost 132,000.

Trudeau’s government has scrambled in recent weeks to help out-of-work Canadians, including a monthly benefit of $2,000 for residents who have lost jobs due to the virus.

More than 5 million Canadians have so far applied for the programme, suggesting the scope of job losses are deeper than anticipated and renewing fears that April’s job losses will exceed the unprecedented numbers posted in March.

Germany’s army is donating 60 mobile ventilators free of charge to the UK following a call for help as the NHS scrambles to get hold of enough life-saving equipment as the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies.

Speaking to the Guardian, a spokesperson for the German defence ministry confirmed a report in Der Spiegel, according to which the Bundeswehr would send 60 pieces of equipment from its own depot across the Channel as soon as possible.

The German ministry said it would not invoice the UK for the ventilators.

More than 480 ventilators are understood to have arrived in the UK from overseas since March. They have been bought or donated from China, US, Germany, Sweden and Taiwan.

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What happens if you are in hospital with the coronavirus?

In this video, the Guardian’s health editor, Sarah Boseley, explains the different ways coronavirus can affect people, the likelihood of going to hospital and what will happen to people who are admitted.

What happens if you are in hospital with coronavirus – video explainer

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