Palawan is now waiting for the laboratory test results of three persons under investigation (PUI) for possible coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH).

This, after undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the health department’s COVID-tracker, which is the main source of information on the latest figures, “suffered from technical issues”.

“We have been explaining that our tracker is suffering from technical issues so yun pong down na system ay hindi na pi-pick up ang lumalabas na resulta,” Vergeire said.

The three PUIs awaiting results remained admitted at different hospitals in the province.

Palawan has submitted a total of 41 samples for the COVID-19 confirmatory test in the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) since the onset of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the entire Luzon. One has returned positive while 37 were tested negative.

The regional health office assured the public that all concerns raised were being properly addressed and reiterated that the local authorities “know exactly what to do”.

“Pagtitiwala sa ating local government unit (LGU) at mga health workers ang hiling namin dahil hindi nila kayo pababayaan. In return, hinihingi namin na gawin ng bawat isa ang parte nila to combat and end this fight,” said Romalyn Racho, regional head of Health Education and Promotion Unit of DOH.

However, DOH-RESU has yet to issue an official statement in line with the deceased PUI in Puerto Princesa, three days after he expired.

Palawan currently records 88 PUIs, 3 of whom were admitted while the remaining 85 were under strict home quarantine, as of 3 p.m., Monday (April 6).

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