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Malay Acting Mayor Orders Strict Checking Of Boracay Travelers Amid Coronavirus Spread

BORACAY – Malay town acting Mayor Floribar Bautista ordered strict checking of visitors amid 2019 novel coronavirus threat.

Several countries are now on tight guards to protect their citizens against the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV). Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered a travel ban from China, Macau, and Hong Kong.

The Wuhan virus cases in the Philippines undeniably alarmed all the Filipinos. People are panic-buying face masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

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Boracay tourists are also hurting the Chinese restaurants on the Island. Liaison officer to Boracay Peter Tay said Chinese owners went back to mainland China because they now feel unwelcome amid coronavirus outbreak.

In a previous article, officials on the island wondered Chinese tourists are still arriving on the island even after Duterte ordered the banning of visitors from China to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

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Based on a report from Rappler, there are no nCoV cases in Boracay Island, Malay, and Aklan so far. Acting Malay acting town Mayor Frolibar Bautista has ordered a strict checking for visitor’s travel history and health.

On February 7, Bautista has ordered checkpoints in Caticlan port, Barangays of Union (Nabas) and Caticlan near Nabas-Malay boundary.

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According to the report, the Malay Municipal Health Office (MHO) and Municipal Tourism office asked the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Army, Bureau of Quarantine and Bureau of Immigration to coordinate with them in checking the incoming travelers at Malay’s airport, roads, and seaports.

If the visitor shows symptoms of the coronavirus, Municipal Health Office workers will perform a thorough medical assessment and the tourist is taken to a hospital for further care. They are also cooperating closely with establishments and hotels in Boracay Island.

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