Aklan town monitoring Chinese tourist arrivals in Boracay

Joyce Ann Clavecillas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 24 2020 04:54 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2020 05:35 PM

Tourists walk the beach front at night in Boracay. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

The local government of Malay in Aklan is monitoring visitors of the famous Boracay Island, particularly those coming from China.

Malay acting Mayor Frolibar Bautista said they continue to receive advisories from the provincial capitol regarding tourist arrivals at the Kalibo International Airport.

“Lahat naman tayo nagwo-worry pero pasalamat tayo na yung tatlo negative naman sila, at saka yung dumating na 135 puro naman nakapasa sila,” Bautista said.

(All of us are worried but let’s be thankful that the 3 tourists tested negative and the 135 who arrived all passed the initial screening at the airport.)

Bautista was referring to the 3 Chinese tourists with influenza-like symptoms who arrived in Kalibo last week and the 135 tourists who arrived Thursday morning from Wuhan, the Chinese city where virus originated.

The local government is waiting for guidelines regarding Chinese tourists coming to Boracay Island for the Lunar New Year.

Meanwhile, Bautista said the last cruise ship that visited Boracay was on Thursday and most of the guests were Europeans.

On Thursday, Philippine aviation authorities banned flights to the Chinese city of Wuhan as a precaution, following the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. 

Wuhan, where the first reported case of the novel coronavirus came from, remains on lockdown, halting exit and entry flights and train operations.