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Ireland Coronavirus: ‘It feels a bit surreal’- Irishman among holidaymakers in quarantined Tenerife hotel after case confirmed

22:10  25 february  2020
22:10  25 february  2020 Source:   independent.ie

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AN IRISHMAN who is currently in a hotel in Tenerife which is “on lockdown” following a confirmed case of the coronavirus says that every guest has been told to stay in their rooms and wait for a doctor to test them for the virus. 

It emerged this morning that an Italian doctor staying at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace resort in Tenerife tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

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The man is currently on a trip abroad with his partner and several friends and did not wish to be named.

Speaking to Independent.ie, he said that a note was slipped under the door of each hotel room advising guests to remain in their rooms early this morning.

“We could see from our balcony that they were serving in the restaurant and that breakfast was open, breakfast was being served,” he said.

“When we went downstairs we also had seen that the police had cornered off the streets around the hotel, we found out that staff who were turning up for work weren’t being allowed in.

“The only staff that were around were the ones that have been here all night so they were exhausted.”

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At approximately 1pm Irish time, all guests were asked to return and stay in their rooms.

“They said that they would have some doctors that would be calling to every single room to test people for the virus,” he said.

“So we’re here waiting for that to happen.”

A fellow Irishman travelling with the couple was due to have surgery this Friday but this has now been cancelled.

The couple were due to fly home this coming Thursday.

“But people aren’t overly concerned about the virus, it kind of seems unlikely,” he said.

“Nobody is feeling unwell. We don’t know what’s likely to happen, we don’t know if we’re going to be on lockdown here for two weeks, we don’t know if we’re going to be taken back to Dublin and we self-isolate for a couple of weeks.

“We have no idea of any of that kind of stuff,” he said.

“We’re waiting to be tested, we don’t know if there is anything to worry about, we simply don’t know. There’s no panic around the place, it’s just a little bit surreal, there’s certainly no panic at all,” he added.

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Manager at Mullerkey’s bar in Costa Adeje Lucy Szatmairi said: “Nobody is panicked, everything is working normally, it’s just the hotel is closed, nobody is panicking around here.

“We’re waiting for further news now,” she said.

Also nearby is Irish bar The Temple Bar, where staff worker Peter said that the bar is close to the hospital where the Italian doctor has been taken to.

“We are working business as usual here, but we are a bit worried if they will close the whole town.

“Especially for the people who are on holiday, it must be terrible for them.

“We have business as usual, it’s like any other day, there’s a carnival on in the north of Tenerife so it’s very busy,” he said.

In a statement to Independent.ie, the Department of Foreign Affairs said that Irish nationals have been in touch with the department.

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"The Department and our Embassy in Madrid are closely monitoring the situation," the statement read.

"We are in touch with the local health and tourist authorities. A number of Irish nationals staying in the area have been in contact directly with us. We are providing consular advice.

"Anyone who has specific concerns regarding Irish citizens currently in the affected area can contact the Department on 01 4082527," it added.

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Meanwhile, British holidaymaker Hannah Green, 27, from Hertfordshire, arrived at the hotel on Saturday with her boyfriend, Court Amys, and their one-year-old son. They are supposed to be staying until Sunday.

She told the PA news agency that communication had been "non-existent", adding: "We woke up to a note under our door this morning saying that for health reasons not to leave our room.

"I called downstairs to reception as soon as I saw it and they wouldn't tell us anything. So I quickly got on my phone and googled and saw a man had tested positive for coronavirus so I basically assumed it was that.

"But since then, we've had nothing from the hotel - no one has told us anything or what's going to happen."

Ms Green said she would like to go home but added: "I don't think we'll be allowed to leave. We don't want to be here. We're fed up now."

She said a sandstorm at the weekend had also confined them to their rooms.

"The sandstorm was the day after we arrived, Sunday, so we had to stay in the hotel then," she said. "Holiday from hell, honestly."

The H10 Costa Adeje Palace is a seafront hotel with nearly 500 rooms, four pools and a gym.

The Italian doctor, who had travelled with his wife, tested positive on Monday and has been placed in isolation in hospital, local media reported, while the El Pais newspaper said about 1,000 guests were affected by the lockdown.

A statement from the hotel said it has "implemented all health and operational recommendations from the health authorities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of customers and employees".

"Additionally, we are providing customers and hotel staff all the necessary care and attention so that, despite the inconveniences this situation may cause, they are taken care of in the best way possible."

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