UK extends jobs support for virus-shuttered firms

Britain unveiled Friday extra coronavirus jobs support, offering to pay up to two-thirds of staff monthly wages to firms forced to close over the winter months, as infection rates spiral.


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Finance minister Rishi Sunak said the scheme, launched two weeks ago for workers taking reduced hours, will now also provide a "safety net for businesses across the UK who are required to temporarily close their doors" on a local or national basis in an attempt to cut transmission rates.