Tenerife Hotel Put On Lockdown After Tourist Tests Positive For Coronavirus
A hotel in Tenerife has been put on lockdown after one of its Italian guests tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).
About 1,000 tourists have reportedly been told to remain inside the hotel complex, with police standing outside to make sure no one goes in or out.
According to local media outlets, the H10 Costa Adeje Palace, in the south of the island, is hugely popular with British tourists at this time of year.
Speaking to Sky News, one guest revealed they had not been given much information by hotel staff.
They said: "All we have been told is to stay in our rooms."
While another added: "We've not been given any information other than a piece of paper under the door."
One of the guest posted a photograph of the note that has been handed out:
Here is the actual note for those interested to see it. pic.twitter.com/UCAetoDZNv
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The hotel's receptionist, however, claimed there was nothing wrong, saying: "Everything is under control. We are working normally here."
It's understood the Italian tourist, whose name and age have not been disclosed, comes from the Lombardy region where several people have died from the illness.
He had reportedly been staying at the hotel with his wife for the past week.
However, the holidaymaker went to a local health centre yesterday afternoon (Monday 24 February) after feeling unwell for several days and tested positive for coronavirus.
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He has now been quarantined at Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital in Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz.
Canary Islands president Ángel Víctor Torres confirmed the outbreak late last night, saying: "This afternoon the coronavirus protocol has been activated for an Italian tourist in the south of Tenerife.
"The result from the first test carried out in the Canaries is positive. Tomorrow (Tuesday 25 February) new tests will take place in Madrid. The patient has been quarantined."
A spokesman for the regional health authority added: "The protocol states that a second test must take place at the National Microbiology Centre at the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid.
"The patient has been quarantined and is under the care of health workers."
This brings the number of coronavirus cases in Spain up to three.
It comes after a German holidaymaker was quarantined in hospital in the Canary Island of La Gomera after testing positive for the disease.
He has now been allowed home, as has a 46-year-old British expat in Majorca who was hospitalised after contracting the deadly virus at an Alps ski resort.
The expat's wife, daughters and an eight-year-old boy who had close contact with the family, tested negative.
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