Five persons under investigation (PUI) in Palawan have tested negative for COVID-19, according to the daily tracking report released by the Department of Health (DOH) Thursday afternoon.

The report also showed there is only one remaining PUI from the province awaiting lab testing results from the Regional Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

Dr. Mary Ann Navarro, provincial health officer (PHO), said the patients were being managed in a private hospital in Puerto Princesa City.

PUI patients are subjected to COVID-19 tests if they showed symptoms of the illness based on protocols established by the DOH, while others are placed under strict quarantine for observation.

A still undetermined number of hospital staff including nurses and attendants who had been placed under quarantine for having established contact with the PUI patients are also expected to be allowed to break quarantine, according to hospital authorities.

“As for the hospital staff, it’s for the hospital management to decide,” Navarro said.

“Ang data kahapon is as of 3 p.m. so may na-add at nakunan na rin ng swab, kasama na ito sa na-announce na 5 tested negative ngayon,” explained Geraldine Perez, health education and promotion officer of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH).

However, hospital sources who sought anonymity said that the PUIs will remain at the hospital as they were being treated for other illnesses.

Palawan has 81 PUIs, 4 of whom are still admitted in hospitals, while 77 remain under home quarantine.

The Philippines currently has a total of 2,633 COVID-positive patients, with 51 recoveries and 107 deaths.

Meanwhile, MIMAROPA region remains to have 6 active COVID-patients in Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, and Romblon, after 3 recoveries were earlier reported.