The regional health department on Tuesday reported that four COVID-19 patients have died, bringing the total number of those who died while waiting for swab test results in the province to 25.

Richard Ligad, city information officer (CIO), in a video announcement aired live on Facebook, said one deceased suspect COVID-19 patient was from an urban barangay in Puerto Princesa.

“Mayroon na naman tayong suspect na sumakabilang buhay kagabi. Siya ay female, 31-39 years old, belong sa urban barangay at siya ay may bronchial asthma. Nadala sa pagamutan at siya ay na-swab din,” Ligad said.

The city government previously announced two other deaths on Monday.

“Mayroon tayong dalawang suspek na sumakabilang buhay kagabi. ‘Yong isa, May 3 midnight [namatay], 21-25 years old, male, at siya ay nasa urban barangay. Mayroon din siyang karamdaman. Sunuran sila, kagabi rin, May 3 midnight, 64-68 years old, male, urban barangay din with chronic disease,” Ligad said in an earlier announcement.

The three reported casualties from Puerto Princesa were all swabbed for confirmatory tests and were pending results.

“Na-swab test na rin sila. Hintayin lang natin ang resulta. Condolence po sa pamilya,” he added.

However, the remaining patient profiles of the four other casualties since Monday (May 3), who were categorized under two probable and one suspect cases, were yet to be disclosed.

Palawan currently has a total of 69 suspect COVID-19 patients, 27 of whom were admitted in different hospitals while 42 remained under strict home quarantine. (with reports from Ruth Rodriguez)

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