Government approves aid package as unemployment shoots up to 20pc

An aid package of NIS80bn ($22,2bn) was approved by the government to help large firms, small businesses and jobless to weather the shuttered economy during the coronavirus crisis and strengthen the health system. Unemployment now stands at a record 20pc (up from 4 pc). More than 800,000 people have registered as out of work or on unpaid leave.

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