The COVID-positive patient in Davao, who was reported to have traveled to Palawan, visited the province before the first recorded case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This, after the Davao Center for Health Department (DCHD) announced late Monday that PH444, a 50-year-old male, has a travel history in Manila, Palawan, and Cebu.
The Emergency Response for Infectious Disease (ERID) team of the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) said Tuesday that PH444 was a Manila resident who only visited his girlfriend in Tagum City.
“His girlfriend tested negative. He traveled to Palawan January or February. The patient is stable and is being treated. Inconsistent si PH444. Taga-Manila talaga siya who just visited his girlfriend na taga-Tagum. Walang nasabing nagpunta siyang Palawan,” said ERID.
The first local transmission was reported in Manila on March 7. Palawan’s first COVID-positive patient, a 26-year-old male Australian national, was reported to have arrived in the province on March 7 and flew back home in Australia on March 17.