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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, March 27


MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to place Metropolitan Manila and outlying provinces back under the stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) amid the spike in the number of new COVID-19 infections.

In a live briefing on Saturday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the capital city of Manila and neighboring Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will be placed under ECQ starting March 29 until April 4.(Philippines-Restrictions)

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DHAKA — Bangladesh on Saturday recorded its highest number of daily COVID-19 deaths since December last year.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported 39 new deaths, the highest daily deaths since December 15, and 3,674 new COVID-19 infections, taking the total tally to 591,806 and death toll to 8,869. (Bangladesh-COVID-19-Cases)

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NEW DELHI — India’s federal civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri Saturday said the government is not planning to curtail flight services amid the spike in COVID-19 cases.

Puri, however, said plans of making all services functional from April 1 have been postponed. (India-Flight services)

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Hundreds of people gathered in central Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday to rally for the “Stop Asian Hate” movement.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Aotea Square in Auckland CBD to speak out their anger against the racism towards Asians in the United States and New Zealand, before marching along the Queen Street. (New Zealand-Protest) Enditem



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