Five of the 12 individuals under monitoring (PUM) for the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus respiratory disease (COVID-19) in Kidapawan City tested negative of the disease.

Atty. Paolo Evangelista, acting Kidapawan City Information Officer, said all five PUMs, who recently traveled abroad, tested negative of the disease after their 14-day home quarantine period.

“The city health office is still monitoring the health condition of seven more PUMs,” Evangelista added.

The Department of Health (DOH) has reported 37 PUMs across Region 12 (Soccsksargen) for having a travel history to countries with positive cases of COVID-19. 12 of them came from North Cotabato, 10 from General Santos City, five in South Cotabato, eight in Sarangani, and one in Sultan Kudarat.

DOH also reported one person under investigation (PUI) Soccsksargen Region tested negative of the deadly disease.  (RJ Espartinez)