8 PUIs, 2,751 under coronavirus monitoring in Caraga

Checkpoints were set up by authorities at major entry and exit points of Butuan City, manned by police and military, in the hope that these would stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the city. PHOTO/PIA Caraga

Health authorities in Caraga region on Wednesday recorded a total of 2,751 persons under monitoring (PUMs) and eight persons under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

The Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga, however, assured the public that the region remains free of the respiratory disease.

In a public advisory issued at 6:00 p.m., the DOH-13 reported eight PUIs, an increase from Sunday’s record of five.

Of the eight individuals classified as PUIs, or persons who had a travel history abroad or in places with confirmed COVID-19 cases and showing signs of COVID-19, seven were under isolation in two hospitals in Caraga, while the remaining patient opted for home quarantine.

The regional DOH office was still awaiting results of lab tests from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

There were also 2,751 PUMs, but 111 have been cleared without showing any COVID-19 symptoms, the record showed.

The rest were still under the 14-day mandatory self-quarantine and were being closely monitored by local health workers. CLC

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