Sunday, 29 Mar 2020

Brits in coronavirus quarantine in Tenerife beg Boris Johnson to rescue them

British tourists trapped in a coronavirus quarantine at a Tenerife hotel have begged Boris Johnson to rescue them.

Their calls came as UK health officials announced two more coronavirus cases, including a person who caught the virus in Tenerife.

The Prime Minister, mewanwhile, is facing growing criticism and has been dubbed the "silent leader" for failing to visit victims of severe flooding amid two urgent crises in the UK.

About 160 British nationals are among roughly 800 guests spending 14 days in isolation at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel.

Some are trying to make the best of the situation, sunning themselves by the pool while wearing their swimwear and masks.

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They complained about a lack of suitable food and essentials such as nappies, and claimed they were given little information over how long they would be contained there.

The Foreign Office has been contacting Britons to tell them they will be quarantined at the four-star hotel until March 10.

Some feared the containment would put them at greater risk of catching the flu-like virus, pointing to the situation on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where hundreds tested positive during a quarantine in Yokohama, Japan.

Mandy Davis, who is at the four-star hotel with her husband Roger, told the Daily Mail: "Nobody knows what the right thing to do is, because nobody's had this virus before.

"So please, let's sort something out, come and rescue us please, Boris. And let's just get the hell out of here."

Guests have been given masks and thermometers so they can take their temperature twice a day.

They went more than 24 hours without hot food – relying largely on sandwiches – until they were given a lunch buffet and Champagne on Wednesday.

Lara Pennington, 45, from Manchester, decided to stay put in her room and have meals delivered to her.

Mrs Pennington, who is on holiday with her two sons and elderly in-laws, said: "It's very scary because everyone is out, in the pool, spreading the virus."

Britons have told how they are trying to stave off boredom by getting out of their rooms, or by watching TV, surfing the internet and reading books.

The hotel was locked down on Monday after an Italian doctor tested positive for coronavirus.

His wife and two people who were travelling with them then tested positive as well.

Guests found out about the lockdown when notes were slipped under their doors telling them to remain in their rooms.

Back in the UK, schools and businesses have been urged not to overreact as the coronavirus continues to spread across Europe.

About 20 schools have closed while others – including Prince George's in south London – have sent pupils home amid fears they may have been exposed to coronavirus during trips to northern Italy.

However, Public Health England (PHE) said that its general advice is not to close schools – a message echoed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The closures come after travellers returning to the UK from northern Italy – many of them who were on ski trips – were told they may need to self-isolate as part of measures to stop the spread of illness.

Authorities in Italy have reported that the number of people infected in the country grew to 400 and 12 people have died.

Meanwhile, a British couple remain in hospital in Japan after they caught coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship earlier this month.

David and Sally Abel, from Northamptonshire, were on a cruise to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

In a new vlog on Thursday, Mr Abel said his wife tested negative on Wednesday and he tested positive.

They now face a situation where Mrs Abel could be discharged following a second negative test while her husband remains in hospital for treatment.

The Department of Health announced on Thursday that two more people in England had tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the UK total to 15.

One had visited Tenerife and the other had been in Italy.

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