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A hotel in Tenerife popular with British tourists has gone into lockdown after a guest tested positive for coronavirus.

The H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel denies that it is under quarantine, but people in the hotel say they have been told they cannot leave their rooms and officials are considering a formal ban on people entering and leaving the hotel. There are around 1,000 people in the hotel with local reports of police ensuring nobody accesses the building.

The guest who tested positive is a doctor from Italy and was six days into a seven-day break with his wife. He is from the Lombardy region of Italy where several people have died from coronavirus. It has been claimed that he had felt feverish for several days and went to a private clinic before being transferred to an isolation unit.

He is currently being kept in isolation and his test results will be sent to Madrid for a second analysis, as per Spain’s protocol in suspected coronavirus cases, the Canary Islands’ health authorities said in a statement.

Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres said: ‘This afternoon the coronavirus protocol has been activated for an Italian tourist in the south of Tenerife.

‘The result from the first test carried out in the Canaries is positive. Tomorrow new tests will take place in Madrid. The patient has been quarantined.’

A spokesman for the regional health authority added: ‘The protocol states that a second test must take place at the National Microbiology Centre at the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid.

‘The patient has been quarantined and is under the care of health workers.’

The H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Tenerife is said to be on lockdown after a tourist tested positive for coronavirus
He is the third person to test positive for the virus in Spain after a British man in Mallorca on February 9 and a German man on the Canary Island of La Gomera on February 1.

A telephone line has been set up on the island to answer people’s questions or concerns about coronavirus. It is (+34) 900 112 061

Many tourists to the island were prevented from leaving earlier this week because of a huge sand storm that was so big it could be seen from space.

Among them are tourists who were staying at the hotel and had to extend their stay because flights were grounded until the weather improved.