In a televised speech Monday, President Aingimea said declaration was made following advice from Cabinet and the Council.
In a national address over the weekend, he also said the Government is taking every step possible to ensure the protection of its people against the coronavirus.
President Aingimea said a quarantine area is being set up at public health.
“You will see lots of work happening there. We have toured certain areas at topside to see if there are places there feasible for quarantine purposes.”