BuzzFeed News will furlough staffers and is reportedly ending its local news coverage in the U.K. and Australia as it scales back its holdings due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Guardian and Business Insider reported that 14 staffers in the news division across the U.K. and Australia were the latest to be furloughed by the company, which previously announced furloughs across other divisions last week. Sources told The Guardian that those 14 staffers are unlikely to see their jobs return.

A request for comment from The Hill on the future of BuzzFeed U.K. and BuzzFeed Australia’s news coverage was not immediately returned.

For economic and strategic reasons, we are going to focus on news that hits big in the United States during this difficult period, the company said in a statement obtained by The Guardian.

Therefore, we will notify staff in the UK and Australia that we are not planning to cover local news in those countries. We will be consulting with employees on our plans regarding furloughs and stand-downs in these regions,” it continued.

The BuzzFeed News union reacted to news of the impending furloughs Tuesday evening, tweeting that it hoped management would consider alternatives to layoffs or furloughs.

“BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti announced last week that 68 employees in other divisions of the company will be furloughed to further cut costs during the COVID-19 crisis, following staff-wide pay cuts in April. Weve been told some form of staff reductions will hit our newsroom next,” tweeted the union.

“Our newsroom is united and ready to work with BuzzFeed toward an agreement that lets us truly share any sacrifice required and helps ALL of our colleagues. We ask management to keep an open mind, and come to the bargaining table ready to explore all possible solutions,” the union added.

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti announced last week that 68 employees in other divisions of the company will be furloughed to further cut costs during the COVID-19 crisis, following staff-wide pay cuts in April. Weve been told some form of staff reductions will hit our newsroom next.

BuzzFeed News Union (@bfnewsunion) May 12, 2020

Our newsroom is united and ready to work with BuzzFeed toward an agreement that lets us truly share any sacrifice required and helps ALL of our colleagues. We ask management to keep an open mind, and come to the bargaining table ready to explore all possible solutions.

BuzzFeed News Union (@bfnewsunion) May 12, 2020