Coronavirus Tenerife: New case of deadly virus in holiday hotspot – is it safe to visit?

Coronavirus has risen to 329 confirmed cases in Spain as the number of guest testing positive for the virus at a hotel in Tenerife has risen once more. After a group of five Italian guests were reported to have contracted the disease, a further case has been detected in a guest who admitted to close contact with the party.


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The disease was initially discovered at the hotel after an Italian doctor tested positive for COVID-19.

It was later revealed that his wife, too, was suffering from the sickness.

A British tourist who was in the hospital with the virus has since been discharged after twice testing negative for the virus.

Meanwhile, the group of Italians currently remain isolated in hospital.

Hotel guests were also placed into a temporary quarantine where they would be routinely checked for the virus.

The Spanish Ministry of Health insists that, for guests to leave, they must have no symptoms of the virus, must test negative for the coronavirus 24 hours before departure and that their country of origin can guarantee a safe journey home.

However, with Tenerife being a holiday hotspot for Britons, many may be concerned that their planned travels can no longer go ahead.

The Foreign and Commonwealth currently has no travel restrictions for any part of Spain on its website.

It does, however, issue some advice for those with impending travel plans.

A statement on the FCO website says: “There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, but cases have been confirmed in other countries, including Spain.

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“You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

It also adds: “The Spanish authorities are dealing with confirmed cases of coronavirus in the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in Tenerife. If you’re in this hotel, you should follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Hotel guests were informed of the outbreak when reports state a note was slipped under the doors of their rooms.

More than 700 guests were placed under quarantine.

Though the Canary Islands minister of health said a group of 130 low-risk guests, including 50 Britons, would be allowed to leave, many airlines said they would not fly guests back until they had completed the 14-day quarantine period.


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The Tenerife Tourism Board has said that has produced a contingency plan and that life continues as normal on the islands.

A statement said: “Normality prevails in Tenerife, where last week’s coronavirus outbreak, which is now in its completion phase following the extremely efficient action of the health authorities, has made no change to daily life in tourist areas or around the rest of the island: services, transport system, ports and airports (with no restriction whatsoever regarding arrivals or departures) are all working as normal, a state which is repeated on beaches, in shops, parks, and museums, etc.”

Tourists are still being welcomes to the region and flights continue to run as normal.

Travellers are being told to maintain good hand hygiene when travelling.

The UK government issued advice to wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.

If soap and water are not available, they recommend the use of hand sanitiser.

The CDC adds that you should avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

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