The reopening of Boracay to Western Visayas tourists last Tuesday was spoiled after authorities confirmed that a female staff of the Bureau of Fire Protection Region 6 who had stayed on the island tested positive for COVID-19.
Malay, Aklan acting mayor Frolibar Bautista said the female patient was on the island from June 12 to 14 to attend a conference.
He said they are already conducting contact tracing to isolate those who had close contact with the patient. So far, 59 individuals who had close contact with the patient are now under quarantine.
An initial investigation showed the female patient went to the island with a pending COVID-19 test.
Prior to the incident, Bautista said eight establishments on the island secured their certificate of authority to operate from the Department of Tourism with 632 rooms available for tourists from Western Visayas expected to visit the island on the reopening day. However, only a few tourists arrived.