Gov't says coronavirus PUMs will still be reported, managed

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2020 03:11 PM

A police officer in protective gear checks the identification and temperature of motorists crossing from Cainta to Pasig City on April 15, 2020. Local government units have set up checkpoints between their boundaries to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while the island of Luzon is on enhanced community quarantine. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA- The government will continue to report persons under monitoring (PUMs) for the coronavirus disease, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Thursday following the implementation of a new classification for people being checked for COVID-19.

Nograles said PUMs, or those who were exposed to a COVID-19 case but are asymptomatic, should still be reported and tracked.

"Persons under Monitoring (PUMs) shall still be referred to as PUMs, and shall still be reported and managed accordingly," Nograles said in a virtual press briefing.

Health authorities require such cases to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

The health department changed the classification for COVID-19 screening to "suspect," "probable" and "confirmed" over the weekend, with the first two covering those previously tagged as "persons under investigation."

Under the new system, the DOH classifies those with symptoms but remain untested as "suspect," while those awaiting results are "probable."

Meanwhile, patients with positive results from official testing labs are considered "confirmed" cases.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines has a cumulative 5,453 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 349 deaths, and 353 recoveries.