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Philippines to Gradually Ease Lockdown to Revive Economy

  • Capital region still on lockdown May 16-31, on modified terms
  • GDP fell 0.2% in first quarter, first contraction since 1998
People out of work due line up to receive government cash handouts in Rodriguez town, Rizal province on May 11.
People out of work due line up to receive government cash handouts in Rodriguez town, Rizal province on May 11.Photographer: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images
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The Philippines will keep the capital region that has the most coronavirus infections under a lockdown but it will allow some businesses to reopen in the area as it eases curbs in many parts of the country.