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Philippine president tests negative for new coronavirus

74-year-old president had no symptoms but took test on advice of health officials

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines on Thursday. (Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has tested negative for the new coronavirus and will continue to take precautions to avoid infection, an official said Friday.

Sen. Christopher Lawrence Go, a close political ally of Duterte, and the president were tested for the virus Thursday after they met Cabinet officials who had recently been exposed to infected people. Go said the tests showed he also was not infected.

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