Seven individuals from the largest batch of stranded residents who arrived in the city Sunday were reactive from the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) performed by health authorities.

Richard Ligad, in an announcement aired live on Facebook Monday, said that the RDT-reactive returnees were placed under isolation pending confirmatory tests.

“Tatlo sa kanila ay locally stranded individual (LSI) at apat sa kanila ay returning overseas Filipinos (ROF). Sila ay naka-schedule pang i-swab test. Sila naman ay naka-isolate na,” Ligad said.

Ligad clarified an initial report of repatriates released by the City Information Office (CIO) citing that only a total of 295 arrived instead of the earlier reported 337.

“16 ang allowed persons outside residence (APOR) 254 ang LSI na kababayan natin at eight naman ang inter-municipality. Kahapon din may dumating din na 17 pirasong OFW natin na returnees via military flight so total 295 lahat ‘yong dumating,” Ligad added.

A total of 526 individuals arrived, out of the expected 2,006 since the government eased community quarantine restrictions allowing LSIs, OFW returnees, and APORs to travel from outside the mainland Palawan.

Arrival for Palawan

A total of 91 Palawan residents, who were stranded in Cebu, arrived at Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA) on Monday.

Palawan Incident Management Team (IMT) head Cruzalde Ablaña, through a press statement from Provincial Information Office (PIO),said that the returnees were all non-reactive to RDT, which they undertook upon arrival Monday.

The first 42 individuals arrived at 2 p.m., and another 49 arrived at 4 p.m. The LSIs, ROFs, and APORs flew from the Mactan International Airport aboard a Cebu Pacific flight.

Some 912 returnees, who were residents of different municipalities in Palawan, were accounted to have arrived since late May.

Philippine Airlines is scheduled to fly in another batch of stranded individuals on Wednesday (June 17).

(With a report from Patricia Laririt)