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Coronavirus

Philippines now SE Asia's COVID-19 hot spot, pressuring Duterte

Government must halt rising infections and end prolonged economic downturn

Health workers in hazmat suits join a protest ahead of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address in Quezon City on July 27.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines has emerged as Southeast Asia's coronavirus hot spot, adding pressure on President Rodrigo Duterte's government, which is facing the tough balancing act of averting spiraling infections with fresh lockdowns and relieving a prolonged economic slump.

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