The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in MIMAROPA has reached its highest at 70, as most places in the region begin to ease quarantine restrictions starting Monday under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Oriental Mindoro governor Humerlito Dolor, in an announcement posted on Facebook Sunday, said the province recorded its 23rd COVID-19 positive patient, a 61-year-old male from San Isidro, Puerto Galera.

“[According to the doctor he has] end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis treatment since 2016. He has been admitted since May 18 for shortness of breath. Aside from his kidney problem, he has been assessed to have other medical conditions. Presently, he is stable but under close monitoring, and needs to continue his intravenous (IV) antibiotics, other medications, and dialysis therapy,” Dolor said.

The Occidental Mindoro provincial government on Saturday reported the province’s 37th confirmed case, following a spike of 26 positive cases from construction workers of a Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) project in Magsaysay town.

The entire province of Occidental Mindoro will be on MGCQ starting Monday, except for the town of Magsaysay which will remain under modified ECQ, and the towns of Sablayan, Calintaan, Rizal and San Jose which will be under GCQ.

In Romblon, five healthcare workers from the Romblon District Hospital tested positive from a rapid diagnostic test (RDT). The patients, four of whom are nurses and one is a utility worker, were direct contacts of Romblon’s 3rd COVID-19 patient.

“Kinunan na sila ng swab samples na ipapadala sa RITM para sa confirmatory test,” said the statement from Romblon provincial government.

Meanwhile, Palawan province is awaiting test results for 12 suspect COVID-19 patients, ten of whom are admitted in various hospitals while two are under strict home quarantine, as of 3 p.m., Saturday (May 30).

The regional report, however, was released late only on Sunday morning (May 31).