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40,000 jobs put at risk by Covid-19 lockdown, warns economist

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The fresh restrictions are aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus (Brian Lawless/PA)

The fresh restrictions are aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus (Brian Lawless/PA)

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The fresh restrictions are aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus (Brian Lawless/PA)

The Executive's move to impose a fortnight of lockdown following six weeks of Covid-19 restrictions puts up to 40,000 jobs at risk in Northern Ireland, an economist has said.

Business reacted with dismay to the timing of the decision by ministers after an earlier agreement had allowed cafes to open on Friday and bars, restaurants and hotels to open next Friday.

The claimant count of people claiming unemployment benefits doubled after lockdown measures from March onwards to hit around 60,000.


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