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Corruption deepens COVID impact in developing Asia: report

Singapore is region's only country in Transparency International's clean top 10

Transparency International says the Philippines, ranked 115th for perceived corruption, has responded to COVID-19 with "abusive enforcement, and major violations of human rights and media freedom."   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Asia has fared relatively poorly in Transparency International's latest report on public sector corruption across the globe, with the civil society group drawing a link between some countries' below-par performance and questionable handling of COVID-19.

Thailand, the Philippines and Bangladesh all ranked in the bottom half of the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index, released on Thursday. Singapore was the sole Asian country in the top 10, sharing third place with Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.

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