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Returning OFW tests positive for coronavirus in Palawan

/ 07:56 AM June 04, 2020
The DFA welcomed 440 repatriated OFWs on Friday morning. Image: DFA-OUMWA

Personnel of the Department of Foreign Affairs welcome repatriated overseas Filipino workers. (DFA-OUMWA)

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—A returning overseas Filipino worker who arrived in Puerto Princesa International Airport on Sunday, May 31, was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, according to a belated statement from city health authorities.

Dr. Dean Palanca,  the incident commander of Puerto Princesa Task Force for COVID-19,  announced late Wednesday, June 3, that the patient initially tested positive during a rapid test upon arrival, and was swabbed for confirmatory test Tuesday.

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The sample was processed in Ospital ng Palawan’s COVID-19 GenExpert laboratory. The result of the test, which turned out positive, was released by the City Health Office also late Wednesday.

The patient was part of a contingent of 23 overseas workers who arrived on May 31 via Airasia flight following an order from President Rodrigo Duterte to clear Manila of stranded overseas Filipino workers.

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Their flight hopped off on three other routes, including Tagbilaran, Tacloban, and Bacolod before disembarking in Puerto Princesa International Airport at around 7:45 a.m. on Sunday.

All of them, including the patient who tested positive, are currently quarantined in a facility set up by the city government.

Prior to her most recent result, the Palawan returning Filipino was previously tested using a real-time polymerase chain reaction on May 2 and May 13 while she was under quarantine in Metro Manila.

Her previous result returned negative which subsequently resulted to the issuance of her travel authority, a requirement needed before she was allowed to return home in Palawan.

The development brought to three the official total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Palawan.

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