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First COVID-19 case reported in MIMAROPA Region

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The first ever case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in MIMAROPA Region has been confirmed today by the Department of Health in Region 4B.

The said patient is a 26-year-old male Australian national who tested positive from COVID-19 after the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine released his results yesterday.

“The confirmed case has travel history from Kuala Lumpu to Manila, and went to Puerto Princesa City on March 5. He then travelled to one of the municipalities in Palawan on March 7 and began to experience fever reason for him to sought consultation,” the DOH Center for Health Development in MIMAROPA said in a statement.

“The patient was then admitted to a local health facility in Puerto Princesa on March 13. Specimen samples were taken from the patient upon the admission and transported to RITM on March 14. After the fever subsided, the patient fly back to Australia on March 17,” it added.

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of MIMAROPA together with CHO commenced “comprehensive contact tracing for the said case.

As of 3 pm yesterday, there were a total of 39 persons under investigation in Palawan, 18 of them are admitted in a health facility and 21 are in home quarantine.

Among the reported PUIs, 11 have already tested negative for the highly contagious disease.