Philippine leader to maintain capital's coronavirus curbs – spokesman

FILE PHOTO: A security guard wearing a hazmat suit for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) stands beside a train in Manila, Philippines, January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will maintain the current level of coronavirus restrictions in the capital, Manila, despite calls to relax them further to revive the country’s ailing economy, his spokesman said on Monday.

“The chief executive recognises the importance of re-opening the economy and its impact on people’s livelihoods. However, the president gives higher premium to public health and safety,” spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

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