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Coronavirus will hit jobs, livelihoods, says Sunak

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy and people’s livelihoods will take a hit due to the coronavirus outbreak which has forced a lockdown of much of society, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday, adding that the government had taken the right steps to get through the crisis.

“This will have a significant impact on our economy, and not in an abstract way. It will have an impact on people’s jobs and their livelihoods,” Sunak said at a news conference.

“I belive we’re doing the right things,” he added. “I can’t stand here and say there isn’t going to be hardship ahead, there is … but I’m confident we will get through it.”

(Reporting by Andy Bruce and William James, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison)