By Jerry Alcayde
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro -The Department of Health (DOH) announced yesterday that there were already two cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections in the Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan (Mimaropa) region.
In its regular health bulletin dated March 23, the Center for Health Development of DOH-MIMAROPA said the latest confirmed COVID19 case was monitored in Marinduque which has the second highest number of patients under investigation (PUIs) in the region.
The first confirmed case was a 26-year old male Australian national who was admitted in a hospital in Palawan, but was discharged on March 15 when his condition got better. He was eventually allowed to go back to his country on March 17.
The DOH report also showed that a total of five PUI patients have died in the region, but all were not COVID19-related.
A total of 427 persons were recorded as patients under investigation (PUIs) in MIMAROPA region, and 29,221 persons under monitoring (PUMs).
Romblon recorded the highest number of PUIs with 98 followed by Marinduque and Occidental Mindoro both with 87 cases, followed by Oriental Mindoro with 82 and Palawan, 73.
Forty-four of the PUIs are still in different hospitals, while 350 have been sent home where they are undergoing quarantine.
Three patients in Oriental Mindoro died in separate dates but doctors said that COVID tests were not applied to them to confirm that they indeed have lapsed due to the said fatal virus.
The DOH said that 20 of the 427 PUIs are foreigners.
Oriental Mindoro Governor Humerlito Dolor, in his regular advisory to the public, has urged his constituents to stay indoor and cooperate with their barangay and municipal officials to prevent the spread of the virus in the communities as he emphasized that his province is still COVID-19 free.