Coronavirus: Tenerife hotel with hundreds of guests locked down

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Coronavirus: Tenerife hotel

A hotel in Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands has been locked down after a visiting Italian doctor tested positive for coronavirus.

Hundreds of guests at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel were initially told to stay in their rooms as medical tests were carried out, Spanish media report.

The doctor is reportedly from the Lombardy region, where Italian authorities are battling an outbreak.

Global cases of the virus have passed 80,000, the vast majority in China.

The coronavirus outbreak has continued to hit shares, with Japan’s markets slumping in the wake of big falls in London and New York.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday the world should do more to prepare for a possible pandemic – a situation where an infectious disease spreads easily between people in many countries.

The proportion of infected people who die appears to be between 1% and 2%, although the WHO cautions that the precise mortality rate is not known yet.

Separately on Tuesday, a plane carrying more than 130 passengers and crew from the Iranian capital, Tehran, to Istanbul was diverted to the Turkish capital, Ankara, amid suspicion of infections on board. Turkey’s health minister said all would be quarantined for 14 days.

What’s the latest from the hotel in Tenerife?

El Pais newspaper quoted police sources as saying health authorities had ordered the monitoring of guests at the four-star hotel in the south-west of the island.

One guest on Facebook posted an image of a note put under the door of their room on Tuesday saying: “We regret to inform you that for health reasons, the hotel has been closed down. Until the sanitary authorities warn, you must remain in your rooms.”

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Security forces are preventing people from leaving the hotel, Spanish media reported.

One guest later told the BBC that people were now being allowed to move around the hotel.

Another guest, Christopher Betts, told Reuters news agency: “We can see from the window there are security officers outside the hotel and about 50 hotel employees.”

Police outside the Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
An image of police outside the hotel, sent to the BBC by a guest

He said the guests had been given no information and he had not yet been tested.

The doctor, who had been staying at the hotel with his wife, tested positive on Monday and has been placed in isolation at the University Hospital Nuestra Señora de Candelaria. He will undergo a second test to confirm the virus.

Italy has the largest number of cases in Europe, 231, and announced a series of drastic measures over the weekend to try to contain the outbreak.

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Mark Lowen was on the ground at the edge of Italy’s coronavirus lockdown area

In the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, a lockdown is in place in several small towns. For the next two weeks, 50,000 residents will not be able to leave without special permission.

A number of top-flight football matches will be played in empty stadiums next weekend.

Seven people have died.

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In other developments:

  • China reported 508 new infections on Monday. The bulk of the new cases were in Wuhan. The death toll in China rose by 71 to 2,663. More than 77,000 people in the country have been infected
  • In South Korea, 10 people have now died after contracting the virus, with infections reaching 977. Americans have been warned against all but essential travel to the nation
  • Japan has now confirmed more than 850 infected people, most of them on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise liner. NHK also reported a fourth death among the ship’s passengers
  • Three more deaths have been recorded in Iran, state media say, raising fatalities there to 15
  • Gulf states, including the UAE and Bahrain, have imposed more flight restrictions in an effort to try to slow the spread of the virus
  • The United States plans to spend $2.5bn (£1.93bn) fighting the coronavirus, with funds for quarantine, vaccine research and aiding affected states, US media reported. There are 53 cases in the US so far
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