Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Feb. 7

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MANILA -- The Philippine Monetary Board, the policymaking body of the country's central bank, decided on Thursday to keep the interest rate on the overnight reverse repurchase (RRP) facility unchanged at 4.75 percent.

The interest rates on the overnight lending and deposit facilities were likewise held steady, according to a statement read by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo during a news conference.(Philippines-Rate)

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MANILA -- More measles cases are being detected in and outside Metro Manila, prompting the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) to expand the declaration of a measles outbreak in several provinces in the Philippine main Luzon island and in the Visayas region in the central Philippines.

The announcement came a day after the DOH officially declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila, also called the National Capital Region (NCR), after it has noted a sharp increase in the number of measles cases.(Philippines-Measles)

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KABUL -- The World Bank provided a grant of 235 million U.S. dollars to Afghan government to support its efforts for development and stimulating growth in the country, Afghan Ministry of Finance reported on its website on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Acting Minister of Finance Humayon Qayoumi and World Bank country director for Afghanistan Shubham Chaudhuri signed the new financial package, the ministry said in a statement.(Afghanistan-WB-Grant)

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NEW DELHI -- The spread of H1N1 virus causing swine flu has claimed 226 lives in India so far this year, and more than 6,700 people have been infected with the disease and undergoing treatment, official sources said.

The situation is quite alarming compared to last year, as 798 cases and 68 deaths were reported during the corresponding period of 2018.(India-Swine flu) Enditem

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