U.K. unveils emergency jobs program amid new restrictions and rising COVID-19 cases

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The U.K. Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled an emergency jobs program on Thursday as part of a wider ‘winter economy plan’ to stave off mass unemployment.

The program, replacing the job furlough one, will see the government support “viable jobs” by topping up the wages of workers on reduced hours in a bid to encourage businesses to retain staff.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced