Coronavirus concerns prompt Governor to cancel Hong Kong basketball game

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has cancelled the basketball match between the Hong Kong and Guam men’s national team, saying she has a responsibility to do all she can “to keep the coronavirus away from our island.”

The game was scheduled to take place this Thursday at UOG’s Calvo Field House.

But in a letter to Guam Basketball Confederation President E.J. Calvo, the governor wrote that she must “disallow this competition” in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

The effects of the coronavirus “continue to be devastating” in our region, wrote the governor. She points out that the basketball federation itself was concerned about the disease when they decided to move the game out of Hong Kong.  But she said the game should not have been moved to Guam.

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The governor also noted that the island was fortunate in refusing to allow the M.S. Westerdam to dock on Guam 10 days ago since, as we now know, at least one woman on board was infected with the virus.

“It is my duty to affirmatively minimize any risk to our people,” wrote the governor to Calvo, saying she appreciates his understanding of her position.