4 PUIs die in WV without test results


Four persons under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus died in Western Visayas.

The four expired while waiting for the results of their laboratory tests sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Metro Manila.

The mortalities were from Iloilo City, Bacolod City, San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, and Roxas City in Capiz, said Dr. Jane Juanico, Department of Health (DOH) 6 focal person on COVID-19.

The mortality in Iloilo City was a 72-year-old male who was coughing and had a fever. (

The Bacolod City PUI was a 60-year-old male who coughed and had a fever, and suffered from stage 4 colon cancer.

In San Carlos City, the mortality was a 78-year-old female with exposure to a family member from Manila. She coughed and exhibited symptoms of flu.

In Roxas City, the mortality was a 30-year-old male who came home from Manila. He was coughing and had difficulty breathing.

The region had 161 PUIs, of which 61 were already discharged; 63 still in various hospitals; 33 were outpatients; and four mortalities.

Eighty-two of the total PUI cases tested negative for the virus; 43 were waiting for the test results as of this writing; while 33 were classified under “tests not done.” The “not done” category was for PUIs with mild signs and symptoms, no co-morbidity, not elderly.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in the region remained at two as of yesterday: one in Bacolod City and one in Iloilo City.