Original article by Geoff Chambers, Simon Benson, Ewin Hannan, Robyn Ironside, Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 18-Mar-20
The global death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 7,950; more than 197,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed with the respiratory illness, including 452 in Australia. The federal government will respond to the crisis with new measures aimed at supporting businesses and protecting jobs, in addition to the $17.6bn stimulus package that has previously been announced. Council of Small Business Organisations Australia CEO Peter Strong says many businesses could collapse without financial relief, with the potential loss of 500,000 jobs. The government will also provide a $715m financial assistance package for airlines, with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce warning that the virus is the "single biggest shock" the sector has ever seen.
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