Philippines is first country to shut financial markets amid pandemic
The Philippine Stock Exchange is the first to suspend trade until further notice to halt the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak. This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte widened a month-long lockdown of Manila to the entire island of Luzon, home to 57 million people.
The Philippines halted stock, bond and currency trading until further notice, becoming the first country to shut financial markets in response to the widening coronavirus pandemic.
The closures take effect on Tuesday, according to statements from the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Bankers Association of the Philippines.
“There will be no trading at The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. and no clearing and settlement … until further notice to ensure the safety of employees and traders in light of the escalating cases of the coronavirus disease,” the exchange said.
The moves follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on Monday to widen a month-long lockdown of the capital region to cover the country’s main Luzon island, home to at least 57 million people. The virus has infected at least 140 people in the Philippines and killed a dozen.
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