Guam closely tracking COVID-19 in the Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has already ordered the suspension of domestic travel to and from the Metro Manila Manila area for a month in addition to other sweeping virus quarantines.

Guam is also closely monitoring COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, a country which a lot of Guam residents visit.

According to a news release from Adelup, Guam officials are tracking cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines after the country declared a health emergency as more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of public health emergency in the country over the weekend following the first confirmed case of local transmission of the 2019 coronavirus disease.

According to the Philippine News Agency, Duterte made the decision upon the recommendation of the Philippine Department of Health after it announced an additional case of COVID-19 in the country, now bringing the total number to six.

The Philippine health department said the sixth COVID-19 patient is the wife of the 62-year-old Filipino male who had no travel history abroad but tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. The couple is the first case of local transmission in the Philippines.

In its release, Adelup also reiterated that a U.S. State Department Level 2 advisory for travel to the Philippines remains in place and that travelers to that country are advised to exercise increased caution.

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