A barangay in Agutaya town was placed under a localized lockdown after one of its residents, a local who arrived in the town from Manila, died of COVID-19 complications on Wednesday afternoon.

The patient had an underlying illness and exhibited severe symptoms before passing away in her home.

Agutaya OIC municipal health officer Dr. Alena Yap said in an interview Wednesday confirmed that their town recorded its first COVID-death. This brings Palawan’s total deaths to five.

“Siya ay 46-year-old female, galing siya sa Manila, November 22 siya dumating sa Agutaya. November 25 dumating ang result na COVID-positive,” she said.

Yap added that the patient had been quarantined for nearly two months because of complications brought about by an undisclosed co-morbidity. The patient was then sent home after her quarantine.

“’Yong case kasi ay medyo special case sya kaya hindi namin sya ma-tag agad agad as recovered, so referred ang case niya sa infectious disease specialist, so parang katulong namin ang infectious disease sa pag-manage ng case nya. May iba kasi talaga syang sakit, so hindi siya straightforward na na-COVID positive case,” she added.

The patient died at around 1 p.m. and was buried in the town at 6 p.m.

The Agutaya Inter-Agency Task Force has placed Barangay Villa Sol, where the patient resided, under a localized lockdown until further notice.

“Sa ngayon ang initial na ginawa ng inter-agency task force ng Agutaya ay i-lockdown yong barangay para lang makasigurado na walang ibang makakapasok, makakalabas, makakausisa doon sa location kung saan namatay yong patient,” Yap added.

The patient is Palawan’s fifth COVID-19 death and the first for the year 2021. (with a report from Ruth Rodriguez)