HUNDREDS of Brits trapped inside a coronavirus-hit hotel in Tenerife will be forced to stay there for up to TWO WEEKS.
Police are patrolling the H10 Costa Adeje Palace which is on lockdown after a tourist from Italy was confirmed to have the deadly bug along with his wife.
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Around 1,000 holidaymakers staying at the complex have been told to self-isolate inside their rooms.
The infected Italian man is being held at a local hospital along with his wife, who escorted him there and later tested positive for the virus herself.
He is a doctor from Italy’s Lombardy region – where several people have already died after contracting coronavirus.
It is believed the doctor and his wife had been at the hotel for seven days.
Canary Islands President Angel Victor Torres said most guests will be ‘subject to active individual monitoring’ and paved the way for a two-week quarantine period.
Hotel bosses added the venue will close until the middle of March to “guarantee the safety of guests and staff”.
Domingo Nunez, head of Epidemiology of the Canary Islands Health Service, said: “Guests will have to stay in the hotel without leaving the hotel.
“Those who have symptoms will be evaluated and will stay in the hotel without leaving their rooms and depending on the results of the tests and whether they test positive or negative, a further decision would then be taken.
“If they tested positive they would be transferred to hospital.
“The people who are not showing any symptoms can move freely inside the hotel, although under certain conditions such as using the facemarks which are now available. But they still won’t be able to leave the hotel.
“Once we have new information, we will come to a consensus with the Ministry of Health about what we’re going to do.
“But at the moment the situation and the outlook is that people will have to stay inside the hotel.
PADLOCKS ON DOORS
A picture posted online by one of the hotel guests shows a chain and metal padlock around one of the doors.
Police are surrounding the building to make sure no one enters or leaves to control the virus‘ spread.
Staff have also been pictured wearing protective face masks – despite reportedly telling guests that no more are available.
The four-star hotel is on the south of the island and is extremely popular with British tourists at this time of the year.
Those staying at the hotel have now told of their terror after being ordered to stay in their rooms.
Callum Smith was on the island a few days ago and is worried he may have encountered the infected doctor.
He said: “That man could have been next to me in the pub. There’s no telling how many other people he could have infected.”
Hannah Green, 27, from Herts, said she is having a “holiday from hell” and is terrified for her one-year-old son.
I don’t think we’ll be allowed to leave. We don’t want to be here.”
Brit tourist, Hannah Green
She said: “We woke up to a note under our door this morning saying that for health reasons not to leave our room.
“I called downstairs to reception as soon as I saw it and they wouldn’t tell us anything.
“So I quickly got on my phone and googled and saw a man had tested positive for coronavirus so I basically assumed it was that.
“People are moving around the hotel but we’re not. We’re in our room with the baby. We’re worried for the baby.”
Brit Chris Betts, from Leicestershire, says that the hotel appears normal after being told he would be held in quarantine following the confirmed case.
He said: “The hotel seems to be acting normally except that we cannot go out either front or back. Police cars are stationed front and back.
“The staff have been issued with face masks but we have been told there aren’t any for guests at this time.
“The staff are very very friendly. They’ve done all they can to help us. We’ve had breakfast normally.”
Regional health authorities were today seen arriving at the hotel wearing protective face masks to takes samples from staff and guests and assess the scale of the outbreak.
After staff informed guests that face masks had run out, local meat firm boss Ricardo Palacio stepped in and handed over 1,000 masks, 300 pairs of protective gloves and bottles of water to help holidaymakers.
Yesterday, staff at the hotel said they were “exhausted”, with many having worked through the night.
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The infected Italian tourist went to a local health centre on Monday afternoon after feeling unwell for several days.
He has now been quarantined at Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital in Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz along with his partner, who has also tested positive for the killer bug.
A regional health authority source said: “The partner of the first patient affected has also tested positive in the initial tests carried out at Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria University Hospital.
“The condition of both patients is good at the moment.”
Travel firms Tui and Jet2holidays are among those who use the hotel for package holidays.
The Spanish island attracts large numbers of people at this time of year for the annual two-week-long Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival.
Both travel companies are finding alternative accommodation for passengers flying into the island.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Our staff are offering advice and support to a number of British people in a hotel in Tenerife and their families.
“We are in close contact with the hotel management and the Spanish authorities, and are seeking further information.”
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He has now been allowed home, as has a 46-year-old British expat in Majorca who was hospitalised after picking up the killer bug at the Alps ski resort visited by coronavirus super-spreader Steve Walsh.
The expat’s wife and daughters, aged seven and 10, and an eight-year-old boy who had close contact with the family, were also tested for the virus.
All tests on them came back negative.
Blow for hol firms
CREEPING ever closer, coronavirus is now no longer just hitting distant shores but the Med beaches and Italian ski slopes we visit in our millions, says Sun Travel Editor Lisa Minot.
The outbreak in northern Italy comes when thousands return from the half-term ski week — passing through airports close to the villages and towns now on lockdown.
And with a thousand tourists confined to their rooms at a hotel in Tenerife, it could not be worse for our fragile travel industry.
Source: The Sun UK