Brits at Tenerife coronavirus hotel can come back to UK if they test negative

Brits at the quarantined coronavirus hotel in Tenerife will be allowed back home if they test negative for the disease, holiday operator Tui said.

More than 700 tourists remain inside the H10 Costa Adeje Hotel waiting out a 14-day isolation period imposed on Wednesday.

Around 160 Brits are locked in the hotel, reports say.

A Tui spokeswoman said: "We can confirm TUI UK customers staying at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Tenerife have received notification from Public Health England that they are free to return home pending a negative Covid-19 test result.

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"We are in contact with them and are making arrangements for them to travel back to the UK."

Four guests originally tested positive for the virus, prompting the authorities to put the hotel on lockdown.

Today, the fourth day of the hotel's lockdown, some of the 130 guests who had been cleared to leave on Friday were seen exiting its grounds with suitcases.

Hotel guest Christopher Betts, from Leicestershire in England told Reuters British tourists were being swabbed for the virus on Saturday, the first time they had been tested.

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They had previously been given thermometers to check their own temperatures.

Some Brits at the hotel directly appealed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his help.

Mandy Davis previously 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."

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A man from Derbyshire, who travelled to the hotel for four nights with his partner, said 'none of the Brits staying here feel safe'.

Alex Jones, from Stafford, previously claimed a small number of guests were not wearing masks, ignoring advice from the hotel and local officials.

He said: “Ninety-nine per cent are wearing masks. There are some people who feel they don’t need to wear a mask.

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“The staff don’t have the remit to enforce it [the advice] on a thousand people."

Mr Jones, 40, said his family has decided to err on the side of caution and spend most of their time confined to their room.

When they do venture out to go for a walk or get food, they wear protective gloves and masks, and wash their hands when they return.

The Canary Islands regional government said on Friday that guests could leave before completing the full 14-day isolation period if foreign governments could provide charter flights and guarantee isolation and health protocols.

British Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliot said on Twitter that efforts were under way to support British nationals in the hotel and "to plan for (their) safe return."

Spain's number of active coronavirus cases rose to 49 on Saturday.

The bulk of those are linked to Italy, which has Europe's worst outbreak, with some 900 cases and 21 deaths.

More than 2,800 people have died from the virus, with over 80,000 infected worldwide.

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