Australian officials say the nation has officially fallen into a recession for the first time since the early 1990s as lockdowns and other restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 have affected most parts of the economy, and hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost. 9 News Australia reports that data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that in the three months from April to June the nation’s GDP suffered its biggest drop since records began in 1959, dropping by 7 per cent which was worse than many economists had predicted.