23 Mar 2020

Coronavirus cases in Guam surge by 12 overnight

10:06 am on 23 March 2020

The number of people confirmed with Covid-19 on Guam has surged by 12 overnight.

The governor, Lou Leon Guerrero, said the total on the island was now 26.

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The government's joint information centre said there was now evidence of community-based spread.

Ms Leon Guerrero said at least two people who had tested positive frequented the Hafa Adai Bingo Hall in Tamuning.

She said anyone who had been there between 6 and 16 of March should self-quarantine.

Yesterday, the US territory saw the Pacific's first Covid-19 related death, a 68-year-old woman.

A government official leading the coronavirus response said the woman was a relative of a person who recently returned to the territory with Covid-19.

He said the woman had "multiple co-morbidities", including end-stage renal disease, which compromised her immune system.

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The 68-year-old woman died at Guam Memorial Hospital on Sunday. Photo: Wikimedia Commons