Some 8.4 million workers are now covered by the government’s furlough scheme, up from eight million a week earlier, the Treasury has said.
Claims for subsidies filed by employers rose to £15bn from £11.1bn, it added.
The scheme, brought in to mitigate the effects of coronavirus, allows employees to receive 80% of their monthly salary up to £2,500.
A similar scheme for self-employed workers saw 2.3 million claims made worth £6.8bn.
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