A total of four confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients were recorded in Palawan on Thursday, marking the largest jump of reported positive cases in the province.
Dr. Allan Guintapan, Coron municipal health officer (MHO), confirmed Thursday that the three active cases in Coron were all municipal residents who arrived on June 13 aboard 2GO Shipping Lines (65 individuals) and through “batil” boat June Aster (38 individuals) on June 14.
“Mayroon tatlong nag-positibo sa swab test after nag-positive sa rapid test,” Guintapan said.
The patients included a 38-year-old female who arrived from Metro Manila on June 13 aboard 2GO Shipping Lines, a 19-year-old male who arrived from Manila on June 14 aboard June Aster vessel, and an eight-month-old baby who was a relative of the latter.
“Ang nanay noong bata positibo din sa rapid test pero negative naman sa swab test. Sa ngayon meron na kami listahan for the contact tracing at nag-umpisa na kami for that activity then isolate din namin ang mga contacts doon sa aming COVID-19 facility and then we do the swab and send it to ONP,” Guintapan added.
The three Palawan patients remained asymptomatic and isolated in one of the Coron’s facilities.
Puerto Princesa’s 4th COVID-19 positive returnee
Dr. Dean Palanca, city incident commander, in a separate announcement aired live on Facebook Thursday afternoon, said a new COVID-19 positive case had also been added in Puerto Princesa’s list.
He is a male patient who arrived aboard the 2GO vessel on June 14 from Manila.
“Meron na naman po tayong kaso ng COVID-19. Ito ay pang-apat natin na kaso ng COVID case. Siya ay isang male na dumating — isa siyang returning overseas Filipinos at siya ay dumating sa Puerto Princesa noong June 14 galing sa Manila sakay ng barko ng 2GO,” Palanca said.
“Upon arriving, siya ay talagang asymptomatic at until now siya ay walang mga sintomas na dala-dala sa kanyang sarili. Siya ay isang reactive sa IgM noong dumaan sa rapid diagnostic testing kaya siya ay ini-schedule natin na ma-swad nitong last Monday,” Palanca added.
The recent development brings the total to nine confirmed COVID-19 positive patients in Palawan, seven of whom were active cases from the different batches of returnees that arrived in Palawan after the government eased the travel restrictions.
(With reports from Celeste Anna Formoso and Ruth Rodriguez)