Some 2,502 persons under monitoring (PUM) in Palawan have completed their mandatory 2-week quarantine period, and the province is now down to only 211 left, according to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH).

Dr. Mary Ann Navarro, the provincial health officer (PHO), said Wednesday that the PUMs were cleared after showing no signs and symptoms following the required 14-day quarantine period.

“Marami ang gumraduate sa 14 days quarantine [after imposing the travel restrictions in and out of the province],” she said.

The number of PUMs under watch spiked after Puerto Princesa City recorded its first COVID-positive patient, who left the province of Palawan on March 17.

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PUMs, who have completed the required 14-day quarantine, were issued with a health certificate by the local health authorities.“They were monitored daily by the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT). After completing the monitoring, they were checked by the doctors and were issued with certificates,” she added.

However, Richard Ligad, chief of the City Information Office (CIO), said that it is still “not the time to be complacent” and pleaded for the public to continuously observe the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocol to bring the number of PUMs and persons under investigation (PUIs) down further.

“Magandang senyales ito pero ayaw nating maging kampante. Hindi natin alam, parang sa boxing ‘yan na bigla na lang tayo ma-lucky punch,” Ligad said.

Palawan currently has a total of 81 PUIs, 5 of whom remain admitted at different hospitals, while 76 remain under home quarantine, as of Tuesday (3 p.m., March 31).

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