Hundreds of Britons are feared to be trapped in a Tenerife hotel that has been placed in lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak.
Roughly 700 guests were confined to their bedrooms at the four-star H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in a desperate attempt to stop the virus from spreading.
British guests described how their trips had turned into a ‘holiday from hell’ after the coastal hotel in the south-west of the island was suddenly shut yesterday morning.
The scare was triggered when a doctor and his wife from the Italian region at the centre of the health crisis fell ill and tested positive.
Last night, Canary Islands President Angel Victor Torres said the ‘hundred and odd’ tourists who checked into the hotel on Monday – and had had no contact with the patients – could leave on Wednesday.
But at a highly anticipated press conference, he dropped the bombshell that most of the guests will be ‘subject to active individual monitoring’ and paved the way for a two-week quarantine period.
Hotel bosses also announced the Costa Adeje Palace was closing until the middle of March to ‘guarantee the safety of guests and staff.’
Setting out the immediate future for most of the holidaymakers currently in the hotel, he Domingo Nunez, head of Epidemiology of the Canary Islands Health Service, said: ‘Guests will have to stay in the hotel without leaving the hotel.
Closed: The H10 Costa Adeje Palace is being guarded by police. Up to 1,000 guests were confined to their bedrooms at the four-star in a desperate attempt to stop the virus from spreading
Waiting for news: Crowds outside the hotel in Tenerife. Last night, it was revealed most of the guests will be ‘subject to active individual monitoring’ and could endure a two-week quarantine in the hotel
Trapped: Hundreds of Britons are feared to be trapped in the Tenerife hotel that has been placed in lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak. Pictured: Britons Elaine Whitewick and Jayney Brown
Escaped: Anthony Wilkins with his girlfriend Sheila Taylor and her daughters Charlotte and Jess. Officials told Anthony Wilkins, 60, that his stay at the hotel had coincided with the Italian carriers’
‘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.’
Mr Torres revealed the Italian doctor – believed top have stayed for six days – flew to Tenerife on February 17 and took a bus to the hotel.
The President confirmed they are still waiting for the results of second tests carried out in Madrid on the doctor and his wife, but expected them to come back positive.
The doctor was part of a group of 10 Italians who were the first of the hotel guests to be tested for coronavirus, although none were ‘showing symptoms.’
Another 23 Italians were the next group to be tested and tests on the remaining guests were still going on Tuesday night.
Guests yesterday expressed concerns that hundreds of holidaymakers may have already come into contact with the infected couple before travelling to their homes across Europe.
British couple David Hoon and Pamela Scott (pictured together) say they fear that ‘we stand more chance of catching the coronavirus’ during the hotel lockdown
Holidaymakers stand on their balconies, some of them speaking on their phones, as they wait for news during today’s lockdown
One guest posted this picture of a padlock on a door of the hotel, with a police vehicle parked outside to enforce the quarantine.
One Briton who has just returned from the hotel with his family criticised the UK’s ‘confusing’ health advice, while others stuck in the hotel said the way the situation was being handled was a ‘disgrace’