A 39-year-old female city resident died Monday, bringing the total suspect COVID-19 case death in Palawan to 10.

Normalyn Dave of the City Information Office (CIO) in a video advisory aired live on Facebook Monday evening, said that the patient, who was known to have asthma, was a resident of an “urban barangay” in Puerto Princesa City.

“Ang namatay ay galing sa urban barangay, female, 39-years-old. Siya ay may asthma pero ito ay na swab test so hihintayin natin ‘yong result kung ito ay positive or negative [sa COVID-19],” she said.

As part of current protocols, authorities did not release other personal details of the patient.

The island province is currently waiting for three test results from deceased suspect COVID-19 cases, including the 64-years-old female from El Nido who died on April 15; and the 74-years-old female who died on April 26, and the 39-years-old female who died on Monday (April 27), both locals of Puerto Princesa City.

Officials from the Department of Health (DOH) were expected to arrive this week to assess the capacity of the Ospital ng Palawan (ONP) laboratory as a COVID-19 testing facility.

“Ngayong linggo, may darating para i-assess ‘yong ating GeneXpert machine. Napili ng Department of Health (DOH) na may capacity gawing COVID-testing facility using GeneXpert ang ONP,” said Dr. Dean Palanca, city health officer (CHO).

Meanwhile, the regional health office cleared five suspect COVID-19 patients off its watchlist after their test result returned negative.

Palawan currently has a total 37 suspect COVID-19 patients, 15 of whom were admitted while 22 were under strict home quarantine as of Monday afternoon (3 p.m., April 27). (with reports from Ruth Rodriguez)

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