The Philippines’ army chief tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday, while the country’s death toll reached 54. 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Felimon Santos tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine at home with his wife, local daily The Philippine Star reported.

The defense secretary said he will also be in self-quarantine from Friday after coming into contact with the army chief.

The coronavirus pandemic has also forced the Philippines and the U.S. to cancel their annual joint military exercise this year, a top commander

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