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FILE PHOTO: A shop worker sticks a 'we are open' sign on the door of a shop, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Watford, Britain, June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Photo. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government will double the number of its job coaches as part of a plan to tackle a rise in unemployment triggered by the coronavirus lockdown, the finance ministry said on Saturday. The number of work coaches at British job centres will double to 27,000 at a cost of 800 million pounds ($997 million), the ministry said. Finance minister Rishi Sunak is due to announce on Wednesday his next steps for steering the world’s fifth-biggest economy away from its lockdown slump which caused a 20% contraction in output in April. Full story

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