Business Matters

Business Matters

27/03/2020

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Summary

Nearly 3.3 million people registered to claim jobless benefits for the week ended 21 March, according to Department of Labor data. That's nearly five times more than the previous record of 695,000 set in 1982. We hear from Cary Leahey at Decision Economics. Thailand has declared a state of emergency to help deal with the rising number of coronavirus infections; we hear from the BBC's Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai. One of the most critical side-effects of lockdown is the impact on global farming - who’s going to pick the fruit and vegetables that fill our supermarket shelves? In China, the first country to fall victim to Covid 19, the fears of food shortages are real; the BBC's Fergus Nicol reports. South Africa is now in lockdown against the coronavirus. So how are people preparing for three weeks of isolation in Africa’s most developed, but notoriously unequal nation? The BBC’s Africa correspondent Andrew Harding has been finding out on the streets of Johannesburg. With many of us working from home, should we concerning ourselves how we look on a video call? Trinny Woodall - beauty entrepreneur and the woman behind Trinny London, says appearances still matter. Plus we're joined throughout the programme by Paddy Hirsh from National Public Radio in Los Angeles and Jodi Schneider, senior international editor of Bloomberg in Hong Kong. Picture: US Department of Labor building in Washington DC by Alex Edelman for AFP via Getty Images)
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