(Updated) Two COVID-19 patients, one categorized as suspect and the other a probable case, died according to the regional health office’s tracker Sunday, bringing the total tally of COVID-related casualty in the province to 18.

Richard Ligad, city information officer (CIO) in a video announcement aired live on Facebook, said that the 53-year-old male suspect COVID-19 patient was from an urban barangay in the city.

“Siya ay 53 years old taga-urban barangay. Na-admit sya sa ospital noong May 1 with chronic disease, na-expire siya noong May 3, kani-kanina lang 2 p.m.,” Ligad said.

The patient was swabbed for a confirmatory test and has expired pending result.

The probable COVID-19 case’s information, which was also added on today’s reported fatalities, was yet to be disclosed by the health authorities.

Meanwhile, the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH), on its daily bulletin, recorded five patients who tested negative for the deadly infection.

The island province remained to wait for 19 confirmatory test results.

Palawan currently has 67 suspect patients on its COVID-tracker, 27 of whom were admitted in different hospitals while 40 were under strict home quarantine. (with a report from Ruth Rodriguez)

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