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A suspect COVID-19 patient from Balabac town who died on April 28 has tested negative for the deadly infection, according to local health officials.

Mitra Tanjilani, co-chairperson of the Balabac COVID-19 task force, told Palawan News on Friday that the test result was forwarded by the provincial health office (PHO) to Balabac municipal health office (MHO), confirming that suspect COVID-19 case, a 25-year-old mother who died on April 28 at Rio Tuba Nickel Foundation Inc. Hospital (RTNFIH), tested negative for the deadly infection.

“Kinumpirma sa atin ni MHO Balabac kahapon na nag-message sa kanya ang PHO na dumating na nga ang result ng Mangsee case natin. Base sa mensahe ng PHO sa MHO, negative ang resulta,” Tanjilani said.

He said the family of the deceased patient would be allowed to break quarantine.

”Hindi na ika-quarantine ang pamilya ng namatay na taga-Mangsee. Nakikidalamhati tayo sa pamilya na naiwan niya,” Tanjilani added.

RTNFIH, in a press statement, said that the patient was admitted at the medical facility in Bataraza town on April 21 for “seizure and high fever”.

She was classified as suspect COVID-19 patient due to her pregnancy complication which falls under the “vulnerable category”.

The patient’s remains were sealed in a body bag was buried soon after she expired on April 28.

The baby is alive and is now with the widower in Balabac.

(with reports from Ruil Alabi)

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