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Four out of five workers have had their jobs affected by coronavirus

Four out of five workers worldwide have had their jobs affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Of the 3.3bn-strong global workforce, 81 per cent have had their workplace fully or partly closed, says United Nations agency International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The outbreak is expected to eliminate 6.7 per cent of working hours worldwide during the second quarter of 2020, equivalent to around 195m full-time workers losing their jobs.

Of the 3.3bn-strong global workforce, 81 per cent have had their workplace fully or partly closed, says United Nations agency International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Staff in the retail, manufacturing and accommodation and food sectors are hit worst. The Americas and Europe have the highest number of staff in these sectors.

ILO director-general Guy Ryder said: 'Workers and businesses are facing catastrophe, in developed and developing economies. 

'We have to move fast, decisively, and together. The right, urgent measures could make the difference between survival and collapse.'

A swift recovery in the second half of 2020 and measures to boost demand for labour could lessen the lasting impact, the ILO said.

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