Two more persons under investigation (PUI) in Palawan have tested negative for COVID-19, according to the Department of Health’s (DOH) advisory Saturday night.

The DOH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU), in an advisory Saturday (as of 3 p.m., March 28), cleared the last two PUIs awaiting test result, even as the province remains to have 79 other persons classified as PUIs with only mild symptoms to warrant COVID-19 testing.

Dr. Mario Baquilod, regional director of DOH, also said that some 2,250 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential logistics, amounting to some P7 million, prepared by the health department will be delivered early April to all the provinces in the region.

“Despite the increasing number of positive cases, we want to assure the public that we are prepared to respond,” he said.

Meanwhile, the MIMAROPA region confirmed 4 more COVID-positive cases, spiking the total to 6.

The 4 new confirmed cases include the one-year-old female in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (reported by Palawan News on Friday), an 84-year-old male in Occidental Mindoro, who died on Friday (reported by Palawan News Friday), a 60-year-old male German in Romblon, and a 36-year-old male with no travel history in Occidental Mindoro.

“Center for Health Department MIMAROPA (CHD-MIMAROPA) together with the provincial and city health offices are now conducting extensive information gathering and contact tracing. We already requested the local government units (LGU) and health facilities to conduct cleaning and disinfection to ensure that the spread of the virus will be prevented and controlled,” he added.

Palawan currently has 79 PUIs and 2,451 persons under monitoring (PUM), based on the latest health bulletin.