Canary Islands hotel locked down over coronavirus

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(BBC) – A hotel in Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands has been locked down after a visiting Italian doctor tested positive for coronavirus. The man is now in isolation in hospital. He was the third case identified in Spain after a German tourist in La Gomera, another Canary Island, and a British man in Mallorca.

Italy is badly affected by the virus, with the largest number of confirmed cases in Europe (283). Seven people have died. The regions of Lombardy and Veneto have locked down several small towns. For the next two weeks, 50,000 residents will not be able to leave without special permission.

Global cases of the virus have passed 80,000, the vast majority in China. Iran, one of the worst-affected nations outside China, said today its deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, had tested positive for the virus.

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