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Spanish campsite traps 250 tourists inside as police block exits following coronavirus scare

AROUND 250 tourists have been trapped inside a Spanish campsite popular with Brits after two holidaymakers tested positive for coronavirus.

The campsite in the beach holiday destination of Zarautz, situated on the Spanish Basque coast, was immediately closed down.

The beach is the longest in the region, stretching over two miles of golden sand, and its famous waves attract surfers from all over the world.

The Basque Department of Health closed the Talai Mendi campsite after detecting one positive case, quickly followed by another, and has ordered PCR tests on all the 250 customers inside. It had only just re-opened after the lifting of the coronavirus lockdown.

Police have been called in to prevent anyone from entering or leaving without permission.

Medical personnel started the tests yesterday and it is hoped the first results will come through today.

Tourists will then be given the choice of either going home or staying inside the closed campsite for quarantine of between seven and 14 days.

The Mayor of Zarautz, Xabier Txurruka said most of the clients were young people, including children, because of the popularity of the location and he "didn't think there were many tourists from outside the region".

However, it has not been specified where the 250 people come from or their nationality.

Staff at the campsite are also being tested.

The bar and restaurants inside have been closed but local hotels and cafes are helping out by sending in food for the tourists.

One of the few people who was able to leave was a cook living in Zarautz - she told Diario de Vasco: “It took us all by surprise. Once my workday was over, I was supposed to leave at 3pm but couldn't take the test until 6pm.

"Those of us from here have been allowed to leave but the rest must stay in the campsite. The results should be announced on Thursday morning. Let's see what happens."

Locals said they were very worried that the incident might lead to an outbreak in the region as campers unknowingly positive could have visited bars and restaurants during their stay.

It is understood one of the two positive readings was a young woman on holiday from outside the area.

The campsite is a favourite with Brits who have praised its facilities on TripAdvisor, with one UK visitor posting: "Very easy to find, high up on a hillock with sweeping views of the ocean and the beaches.Chilled out place with a nice vibe. 

"Lots of good surf 10 minute walk away and a great path leading from the camp site into town."

The campsite's website this morning showed "temporarily closed".

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