A TENERIFE hotel is on lockdown after an Italian tourist tested positive for coronavirus.
Around 1,000 holidaymakers staying at the hotel are said to have been quarantined inside the complex in the past few hours.
Local reports have named the hotel as the H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Adeje in the south of the island, which is extremely popular with British tourists at this time of the year.
Police are said to be surrounding the hotel to make sure no one enters or leaves to control the virus' spread.
A receptionist at the four star hotel this morning insisted there were "no problems" at the hotel.
The Italian tourist, who comes from Italy’s Lombardy region where several people have died, had reportedly been staying at the hotel for seven days with his wife.
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He went to a local health centre on Monday afternoon after feeling unwell for several days.
He has now been quarantined at Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital in Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz.
Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres confirmed late last night: “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 Italian’s age has not been made public.
It is Spain’s third coronavirus case.
A German holidaymaker was quarantined in hospital in the Canary Island of La Gomera after testing positive.
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He has now been allowed home, as has a 46-year-old British expat in Majorca who was hospitalised after picking up the killer bug at the Alps ski resort visited by coronavirus super-spreader Steve Walsh.
The expat’s wife and daughters, aged seven and 10, and an eight-year-old boy who had close contact with the family, were also tested for the virus.
All tests on them came back negative.