Palawan has added five new persons under investigation (PUI) and now tracks a total of 86 patients, according to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH).

The number of PUIs, which are cases being closely monitored for COVID-19 symptoms, is the highest so far logged in the province.

Dr. Mary Ann Navarro said the number of PUIs started to peak during the first week of March when local health officials began its close monitoring of individual cases.

Only a total of 38 PUIs had been subjected to laboratory tests since the start of the community quarantine, with one patient testing positive. The province is still awaiting one remaining test result from the Regional Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

Meanwhile, Richard Ligad, chief of City Information Office (CIO), confirmed that Puerto Princesa City has discharged all its PUI and is now down to 27 patients all under home quarantine.

“Zero admitted case na tayo ng PUI at ‘yong lahat ay naka-home quarantine na lang dahil sa mild symptoms or ‘yong mga wala na talagang lagnat,” he said.

Ligad also said that the Skylight Hotel, which has been designated as a quarantine area for the PUIs in the city, remained under construction.

However, no target date was set as the area needs to pass the quality check that will be conducted by medical professionals.

“Hindi natin masabi kailan sila puwede lumipat. Ayaw natin madaliin yan kasi buhay ng mga tao ang nakasalalay d’yan,” he said.

Ligad, responding to the concerns raised by certain city residents from Barangay Manggahan, assured them that tight precautionary protocols will be set in place.

“Sinisigurado natin na hindi kakalat sa mga malalapit na lugar doon. Isa lang ang magiging entry-exit point at lahat ng lalabas at papasok ay sisiguraduhing nadisinfect. Lahat yan inaayos pa,” he added.

However, Ligad did not disclose other information about the quarantine area at Skylight Hotel citing that the preparation was under the supervision of medical experts in the city.

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