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Thailand plans extra stimulus measures to support virus-hit economy

[BANGKOK] Thailand plans to introduce additional stimulus measures from the third quarter to spur domestic consumption and tourism as the coronavirus outbreak hits the South-east Asian country, the finance minister said on Monday.

The measures will encourage people with purchasing power to spend more in the third and fourth quarters of the year, Uttama Savanayana told a news briefing.

The steps will follow billions of dollars of economic packages to help South-east Asia's second-largest economy, which is expected to show this year the deepest contraction since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis.

Separately, the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives will offer soft loans worth 170 billion baht (S$7.50 billion) to help restore the farm sector which has been hit by the coronavirus and natural disasters, the finance minister said in a statement.

REUTERS

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