Palawan’s active COVID-19 cases as of Saturday stood at 29, after four more cases were reported in the island municipality of Cuyo.

Town mayor Mark Delos Reyes, in a phone interview with Palawan News on Saturday afternoon, said that the additional cases were all part of the returning local stranded arrivals on June 24.

“May nadagdag na apat ngayong araw bale pito na ang positive namin dito sa Cuyo lahat sila LSI dumating noong June 24 sa Cuyo,” Delos Reyes said.

The results were part of the 20 swab samples sent to the Ospital Ng Palawan (ONP) GeneXpert laboratory for confirmatory tests over the week. Positive results returned for four female locally stranded individuals (LSI), including a 57-year-old, a 27-year-old, a nine-year-old, and a 50-year-old.

Cuyo now has a record of seven COVID-19 cases, all of whom were aboard the same voyage from Metro Manila on June 24.

The Palawan province, including Puerto Princesa City, has now logged a total of 52 confirmed cases since the pandemic, 29 of which are currently active cases, with 22 recoveries, and one recorded death.

Of the active cases as of 6 p.m., Saturday (July 11), 12 are in Puerto Princesa, seven in Cuyo, six in Bataraza, two in Roxas, and one each for Taytay and Brooke’s Point.

(With reports from Ruth Rodriguez and Jane Tumalac)

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