The first couple to be released from hotel quarantine in England after flying in from a red-list country have celebrated with a McDonald's.

From last Monday, UK and Irish nationals returning to England from a "red list" country deemed at high risk for Covid-19 have had to self-isolate in hotels for 11 nights.

Hotel "guests" have complained about the £1,750 fee for the stay, which is punishable by a fine of up to £10,000 or 10 years in prison if breached, according to the Government.

If travellers return a negative test on day two and day eight of their stay they are allowed to leave, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

Wagner Araujo, 43, and his wife Elaine, 40, from London, who were among the first travellers to be medically impounded at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel near Heathrow Airport celebrated as they left the building.

Wagner Araujo and wife Elaine
Wagner Araujo and wife Elaine smile as they leave quarantine

Smiling as they left, the couple said once they had enjoyed a McDonald's burger and fries they would be heading home to kiss their four children and 'give them big cuddles'.

Mr Araujo told the Daily Mail: "It has been an expensive time. But it has been an experience. I'm just so happy that we are out at last. To look up at the sky and feel the fresh air and of course to have a McDonald's outside the hotel."

Traveller, Zari Tadayon, 66, from north London, said she was "relieved" her quarantine was almost completed after arriving from Dubai last Monday.

She previously said she was unprepared for her stay and had not packed any books, adding: "How I'm going to cope I don't know. It's going to be tough."

Travellers arriving in England must quarantine in a hotel if they have been in one of the Government's 33 "red list" countries - which covers Portugal, the United Arab Emirates, South America and southern Africa - in the past 10 days.

The UK has banned direct flights from those locations, so passengers must take connecting flights, mixing with passengers from countries not on the list.

Raddison Blu Hotel
Travellers flying into Heathrow from red-list countries have been quarantining at the Raddison Blu Hotel

The Prime Minister said last week he expects those in quarantine to be able to "cover their costs" when asked what happens if a person has to extend their stay after a positive test.

Boris Johnson said: "It is currently illegal to travel abroad for holidays anyway.

"We would expect people who are coming in from one of these red list countries to be able to cover their costs."