Twenty-four suspect COVID-19 patients in Palawan have tested negative from the deadly infection, according to the regional health office.

The Center for Health Development (CHD-MIMAROPA), on its bulletin issued Sunday afternoon, reported that 24 patients under the suspect category were cleared from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Richard Ligad, chief of City Information Office (CIO), in a separate Facebook announcement, said that among the 24 negative results was the deceased patient from Puerto Princesa City. The patient was 50 to 55 years old male from an urban barangay who died on May 21.

“Dumating na ang resulta ng isang PUI death natin. Negative sa COVID-19 ang resulta,” Ligad said.

Citing a Provincial Information Office (PIO) report, Marvi Trudeau’s confirmatory test has also returned negative. She recently drew attention online after testing positive on the rapid diagnostic test (RDT), following her return home on May 14 with three other Puerto Princesa residents including former mayor Edward Hagedorn aboard a private plane owned by Palawan governor Jose Chaves Alvarez.

Palawan province remained to monitor a total of 16 COVID-19 patients, 14 of whom were under the suspect category while two were tagged as probable cases, as of 3 p.m., Sunday (May 24).