The group of local stranded returnees arrived in Puerto Princesa Port on June 5. (Contributed photo)


The city government’s announcement of a new COVID-19 positive case Wednesday has brought the total number of confirmed cases in Palawan to five thus far, two of them from returning stranded residents.

Dr. Dean Palanca, the city incident commander, in an announcement aired live on Facebook early Wednesday, said that the patient was a close contact of “patient number two”.

“Siya ay isang male na isang locally stranded individual. Siya ay isa sa ating mga close contact ng ating confirmed case number two,” Palanca said.

The male local stranded returnee traveled with the same group from mainland Luzon. He remained to be asymptomatic and was isolated in one of the city’s facilities. Palanca added that the contact tracing is underway to determine the persons who had direct exposure with the new confirmed COVID-19 case.

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“He was traveling in the same group as No. 2 confirmed case from Luzon,” Dr. Palanca told Palawan News in a separate interview.

Based on earlier reports, the group of 276 returnees arrived in Puerto Princesa City on June 5 from Metro Manila aboard 2GO Shipping Lines.

The recent development marked the total number of confirmed COVID-19 active cases in Palawan to three, all of whom were from the group of returnees since the government eased the community quarantine restrictions that allowed certain individuals to travel back home that started late May.

ABS-CBN employee

The cameraman of ABS-CBN Manila was negative in the COVID-19 confirmatory test, according to local health authorities.

Dr. Mary Ann Navarro, chief of provincial health office (PHO), said Wednesday that the crew member, who was reactive on the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) on June 17, later turned out to be negative from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Negative result. Napaka-thankful ako sa Panginoon sa patuloy na proteksyon sa Palawan laban sa COVID-19,” Navarro said.

The crew arrived in Puerto Princesa City on Sunday afternoon (June 14) through a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessel from the Pag-asa Island for the coverage of the beach ramp inaugural ceremony on June 9.

The media team was set to fly back to Manila pending travel authority issuance from the local officials.

(With reports from Celeste Anna Formoso and Ruth Rodriguez)


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