A ‘frightened’ British mother trapped in a coronavirus-hit hotel in Tenerife said today that guests are ignoring quarantine rules and she fears that it is likely to be a new disaster with the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Lara Pennington, 45, from Manchester, on vacation with her two young sons and older in-laws, said that guests at the Costa Adeje Palace Hotel are not following any measures to prevent the spread of the deadly corona virus.
“The Spanish government advised that if we wanted to, we could leave our rooms as long as we wore masks and wash our hands,” she told GMB.
‘It is clear that there are large numbers who do not follow that process.
“Constraint strategy clearly doesn’t work, it would never work.”
“It should be a forced quarantine,” she added.
Lara Pennington (photo), 45, from Manchester, said today that guests at the Tenerife hotel violate quarantine rules and risk spreading the virus
The hotel handed out free champagne to tourists yesterday after guests were told to stay at the resort until mid-March
Mrs. Pennington said that she has decided to isolate her family in the hotel room herself to ensure that they do not contract the disease, which has already killed 2771 people worldwide.
Mrs. Pennington is one of at least 160 Britons hiding in the four-star Costa Adeje Palace Hotel after the Spanish authorities locked their doors when four guests from Italy tested positive yesterday.
She told GMB this morning that her family still needs to be tested for the disease and was only equipped with thermometers to check if they were infected.
“We are not being cared for because of our vulnerability,” she said.
Hannah Green and Court Amys are pictured this morning in a photo in the resort of Tenerife
A tourist wearing a face mask is seen next to the swimming pool of H10 Costa Adeje Palace, which is locked after cases of coronavirus have been detected today in Adeje, on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Spain
This morning a resort employee cleans the pool of the h10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in La Caleta, on the Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain
Yesterday Mrs. Pennington spoke about the “scary” reaction of the guests to the outbreak, claiming that many were still at the pool, “spreading the virus.”
‘I feel that lessons should have been learned from the cruise ship [Diamond Princess],’ she said.
Japan was confronted with increasing criticism of the handling of the Diamond Princess ship after a failed attempt to quarantine passengers on board. One positive test led to nearly 700 infections and four deaths.
Guests sunbathe in masks yesterday and enjoyed free food and alcohol at the hotel’s swimming pool, after being informed that they would stay well into March. Mrs. Pennington has decided to isolate herself and her family for fear that this kind of behavior could spread the disease
A police officer with a mask talks yesterday in front of the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in La Caleta, on the Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain
Sunbathing in masks: tourists in bikinis and face masks lounging by the pool of H10 Costa Adeje Palace while settling for a two-week closure after the Spanish authorities confirmed a quarantine yesterday
Foreign governments finally decided to repatriate their citizens on special evacuation flights after it became clear that the virus was spreading freely on board.
A total of 970 people were deported last week after they had tested negative for the virus, but several were subsequently diagnosed with the disease.
Yesterday, guests on the Costa Adeje talked about the ‘absolutely terrible’ situation they were in and said they had received conflicting information about how long the forced stay would last.
Japan said it had contacted 813 former passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, who were admitted after testing the coronavirus negative and found 45 symptoms
970 passengers detained aboard the Princess for nearly two weeks in the midst of an outbreak were evicted after negative testing, but some have now tested positive
Staff with protective masks arrange water bottles in the hotel lobby yesterday
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs started contacting the guests last night to tell them to stay at the hotel until 10 March.
Mandy Davis, who is on vacation with her husband Roger, said: ‘Nobody knows what is right to do because nobody has had this virus before.
“So please, let’s arrange something, come and save us, Boris. And let’s get out of here. “
Rosie Mitford, who is on holiday with her father and brother, did not arrive at the hotel until Monday when the four Italians who tested positive had already left.
The 18-year-old nursing student said: ‘We want to come home now. We do not see the point of staying here for two weeks when none of us have symptoms and then isolate when we return. “