File photo courtesy of the Philippine Information Agency in Puerto Princesa City.

The family of the second person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 who died in a Culion hospital Monday had opted that the body of their relative be buried in the town since the ongoing quarantine and travel ban prevented them from moving the remains.

Hospital authorities decided to bury the body after the patient died.

“May arrangement naman sa famliy regarding po doon (local burial). Aware po dyan ang family. Actually, nagpapasalamat po sila sa FB post ng hospital andun ang message ng family,” Dr. Neal Torre, the alternate spokesperson of the Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital (CSGH), told Palawan News late Wednesday night.

The message of one of the family members of the PUI patient posted on March 25, 2020, on the Facebook page of the Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital.

The deceased, a 63-year old female, was on a family tour in Coron when she was hospitalized before the local outbreak of COVID-19.

The relatives of the patient had decided to head back to Manila before Palawan was placed under lockdown.

“Noong andito yong patient, pinapauwi na rin sila ng local government kasi nga lockdown na ang buong Calamian at kailangan na silang pauwiin,” Torre told Palawan News.

Having shown symptoms of the disease, Torre said she was eventually considered as PUI in accordance with health protocols for COVID-19 cases.

“Patient Under Investigation siya kasi may signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and the manifestation ng kanyang symptoms ay pasok po dun sa duration na tinitingnan natin kasi galing sya ng Metro Manila,” Torre said.

“Nag manifest ng acute respiratory infection symptoms yong patient and then very rapid  ang deterioration at bigla syang  nagkaroon ng acute respiratory distress.  Medyo ganun  kasi ang clenical picture ng COVID-19 kaya na consider po syang PUI,” he added.

The negative result of the COVID-19 test on the patient was finally received by the Culion hospital authorities on Sunday. The patient, however, succumbed to her illness the following day.

“Lumabas po yata ang result I think Sunday po pero bago sya nag-expire na-receive naman namin na ang result, negative po ang test result nya na galing po ng RITM (Regional Institute for Tropical Medicine),” Torre said.

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