The number of persons under monitoring (PUM) in Palawan has increased after health authorities enforced contact tracing of those who had exposure with the recently deceased PUI from Puerto Princesa City.

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH), on its latest COVID-bulletin, reported that the number of PUM rose from 47 on Thursday to 75, while the number of PUI increased by three from 63 on Thursday to 66.

“Possible [that it increased] dahil sa precautionary protocol pati ‘yong na-expose sa namatay na PUI. ‘Yon din ang ine-expect namin since sa contact tracing,” Geraldine Perez, health education and promotion officer of the regional office said.

The ONP health workers, who were recently subjected to the COVID-19 confirmatory test, were still awaiting results.

“‘Yong about sa [ONP] staff, wala pang result as of last night at nagve-verify ulit kami ngayon,” she added.

There are six PUIs in Palawan waiting for their test results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

A total of 66 PUIs were recorded in Palawan, 5 of whom were admitted in different hospitals while 61 remained under home quarantine.

However, the regional health department said that the local government units (LGU) have the discretion to disclose further patient information.

“As to facilities kung saan admitted ang patients, hindi na kami naglalabas kung saang facility, unless naglabas ang LGU mismo,” Perez said.

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