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Philippines extends Manila lockdown

Active coronavirus cases reach a record 165,715 on Saturday, the highest in South-east Asia

Manila

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte approved a proposal to extend a lockdown in Manila and nearby provinces by at least a week as the country's active coronavirus cases reached the highest in South-east Asia.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor Benjamin Diokno pledged to continue supporting the economy after already providing more than two trillion pesos (S$55.4 billion) in liquidity through various stimulus measures since the pandemic hit last year. "The BSP will keep the accommodative...

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