MADRID – Spain discovered its first case of the coronavirus on the mainland on Tuesday after a four-star hotel in the Canary Islands was lacked down for tests when a guest, and then his wife, were found to be infected.
The government said a woman from Barcelona had tested positive for the virus after a recent trip to northern Italy, which has reported than 280 cases.
Earlier, government spokeswoman Maria Montero said the guests in the Canary Islands hotel would ‘stay at the hotel until this second test and, depending on the results, appropriate health measures will be taken’.
The H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife would not comment, a receptionist at the Barcelona-based company managing the hotel said.
Guest Christopher Betts said over the phone from his room that there were police cars stationed at all entrances.
‘We’re told we’re in quarantine due to an Italian doctor testing for the coronavirus. The hotel seems to be acting normally, except that we cannot go out’, he said.
Spanish health authorities said they would test hotel guests and staff. Late on Monday, they had said an Italian doctor on holiday in Tenerife had tested positive.
His wife tested positive on Tuesday, the regional government said.
The hotel has capacity for hundreds of guests, several restaurants and swimming pools, and is located 50 meters from the beach.
Media have said there are about 1,000 people there. On its Facebook, the H10 Costa Adeje Palace said it planned a carnival party on Thursday evening.
Tens of thousands are expected this week in the Canary Islands for carnival festivities.