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Australia supermarket to hire 20,000, including from Qantas

Woolworths will also take in staff from movie theaters and virus-hit industries

Australian supermarket chain Woolworths is hiring up to 20,000 new workers as shoppers stockpile daily essentials.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australian supermarket operator Woolworths Group will hire up to 20,000 new workers by the end of April, the company said Friday, as shopping swells amid the new coronavirus outbreak.

Woolworths, which controls about 30% of the Australian market, looks to expand staffing for its supermarkets, distribution centers and online shopping operations to meet the surge in demand for food and other consumables.

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