MOSCOW, May 20. Russia’s recorded unemployment rose by 29% during days off declared as a response to the coronavirus spread to 1.665 mln people, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Wednesday.
"As of yesterday, our recorded unemployment was up by 29% to 1.665 mln people compared with the period when the non-working period started," she said.
The Deputy PM did not rule out that temporary jobs might be created as an additional measure of supporting people as was done in 2008-2009.
According to the latest statistics, over 4,990,400 people have been infected worldwide and more than 324,900 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 1,961,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.
To date, a total of 308,705 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 85,392 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 2,927 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.