Since March 16, the number of unemployment claims filed in Puerto Rico reached 65,909 as of Thursday, the la reflecting the effect that the measures to mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic are having on the island’s economy.

The information is derived from the daily report published by the Office of Public Affairs at La Fortaleza, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced’s official residence. The number represents 43,660 more people filing between Tuesday and Thursday this week.

In the past few days, the closure of several companies and hotels has been reported due to the lack of customers, who have been ordered to stay home to avoid catching COVID-19.

This figure can be expected to continue rising as the federal legislation to help families affected by the pandemic allows self-employed workers to claim unemployment benefits.