The southern municipality of Sofronio Española has emerged as the town with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province, with five current active cases.

All of the cases are from locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who returned to Palawan aboard 2GO Shipping Lines passenger vessels on June 5 and June 14.

Of the total, one is a 55-year-old female LSI and the other an 8-year-old female LSI whom both arrived in Puerto Princesa City on June 14.

“Mayroon na tayong five COVID-19 positive sa [Sofronio] Española. Kahapon [na-confirm] natin dalawa ang positive na arrival ng 2GO noong June 5. Dumating ang result at nag-positive ang isang result. Ito ay 19-year-old male LSI,” Sofronio Española municipal health officer Dr. Rhodora Tingson told Palawan News Saturday morning.

“Dumating din ngayon ang result ng June 14 arrival natin via 2GO din dalawa ang nag-positive, [sila] ay 55-year-old female LSI at 8-year-old female LSI,” she added.

The two female LSIs have been transferred to the Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital (SPPH) in Brooke’s Point for treatment in isolation.

The three others, on the other hand, remain in their isolation rooms in the town.

“Nilipat na ang dalawa dahil mayroon ng sintomas,” Dr. Tingson said.

Sofronio Española, she said, has 11 quarantine facilities where returnees are restricted for 14 days to see if they will become sick.

“We have 11 government quarantine facility [with] more or less 60 beds in total [including] convention hall, evacuation center, and nine barangay quarantine facilities,” Tingson said.

The recent development brought the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the province to 15, with 12 active cases from different batches of LSI and Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) returnees and one female nurse from Ospital Ng Palawan (ONP) who was a “possible local transmission” case.


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