Some 166 people out of more than on lockdown at a Tenerife hotel after at least four Italian Guests, including a doctor, tested positive for the new coronavirus are being allowed to leave.
Officials said none of the 733 or so have shown symptoms of the potentially deadly respiratory virus and the remaining tourists could also be given permission to depart the complex soon.
More than 182 British holidaymakers are among the hundreds of people who have been holed up in quarantine for three days at the four-star H Costa Adeje Palace and told to stay in their rooms.
But it is not known if any of those who have currently got permission to leave the premises are from the UK.
The can now depart the hotel because they arrived there after 035 February – when by that time the four who tested positive for COVID – were taken to hospital.
pictured swimming in the hotel pool and laying on sunloungers.
Local authorities on the Spanish Canary Island have now said people without symptoms can move around the hotel, including to the pool and bar.
This has raised fears the virus will spread rapidly among the guests, with social media photos showing people not wearing face masks and sharing buffet meals.
A British man, who did not want to be named, said the hotel was unable to enforce quarantine measures and nobody felt safe.
Another said an aqua gym class was held on Thursday morning in the pool.
A spokesman for the regional government said: “All these tourists, clients, guests present no symptoms … and a decision has been made that frees the hotel from the presence of 168 people.
“At the same time, there is the possibility that the remaining ones … could be leaving the hotel as soon as a similar situation is verified. “
Downing Street has defended the response to the situation at the hotel.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “The Foreign Office has been in contact with more than British nationals who are staying in the hotel.
“They are providing them with support, they are also in regular contact with local authorities and tour companies to share information.
” The quarantine It is being managed by the Spanish authorities. We understand that those guests who have been assessed by medical staff and who are not showing symptoms are free to move around within the hotel. “
Pressed on whether there would be an evacuation flight for Britons, the spokesman said: “We base all our decisions on medical and scientific advice and everything is kept under review.”
Meanwhile, one of two new cases of COVID – in the UK is from Derbyshire and they became infected while in Tenerife.
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