Number of PUMs for COVID-19 rises to 8 in Caraga

Authorities in Caraga region recorded a spike in the number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with the figure now totaling 8 on Monday (March 2).

A public advisory released by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development Caraga (DOH –13) at 5 p.m. Monday, revealed that from two PUMs listed on Friday afternoon, six more had been added as persons placed under mandatory home quarantine for 14 days.

However, the DOH did not disclose what province or from which countries the eight PUMs had traveled, but personnel were now closely monitoring their health.

The report also showed that 38 of the old PUMs had completed the mandatory quarantine period. They all remained without any respiratory symptoms.

PUMs are those who have a history of recent travel to China, Macau, or Hong Kong “but showed any respiratory symptoms and were advised home quarantine.”

The health agency stressed that as of 5 p.m. on Monday, Caraga remained “negative” for COVID-19 cases. By CLC

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