BRITS at a quarantined Tenerife hotel are to be allowed to fly home once they test negative for the coronavirus – though some say free booze has left them glad of the extended holiday.
Around 160 Brits were among more than 700 people inside the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel when it was locked down this week after four guests were diagnosed with the virus.
The quarantine had been expected to last until March 10, but local authorities later announced that around 130 people, including around 50 Brits, would be allowed to leave once they had tested negative.
Travel group Tui has now confirmed that it is making arrangements for any travellers who test negative to fly back to the UK.
A spokeswoman for the company 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.
"We are in contact with them and are making arrangements for them to travel back to the UK."
In contrast, rival travel group Jet2 has said it will not fly Brits home until they have spent 14 days in quarantine before testing negative.
Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England (PHE), said anyone returning to the UK from the hotel are advised to self-isolate until March 10.
"If they develop symptoms in that time, they should call NHS 111 and they will be tested for Covid-19," she said.
'FAR FROM A HOLIDAY FROM HELL'
Tui's announcement comes after the hotel, which has four stars, upgraded every resident under quarantine to an all-inclusive package, leaving many happy to be extending their stay.
Mark Paterson, from Cheshire, who has been staying at the hotel with his wife and son, told The Times that a "fantastic community spirit" had emerged.
“This is very far from a holiday from hell," he said.
"The swimming pool is open, the food is great, and the drinks are flowing.
“Ninety-nine per cent of the people here are happy.
"Of course, there are frustrations among some guests but most of us have no complaints. The staff have been brilliant.
"To be honest, some people are pleased their holidays have been extended.”
Today saw three new cases of the coronavirus confirmed in the UK, bringing the total to 23.
More than 86,000 cases have now been diagnosed globally, and 2,942 people have so far died.
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