From Spain and Italy to Egypt – British holiday favourites hit by coronavirus

Brits' favourite holiday destinations have been struck by the deadly coronavirus – here's a guide to how badly they've been hit and what advice is being issued.

Coronavirus has spread around the world, with more new cases now appearing outside China where it originated than inside.

There are almost 91,000 cases globally of which more than 80,000 are in China.

As of Tuesday, a total of 13,911 people have been tested in the UK. Of these 13,860 were confirmed negative but 53 were confirmed as positive.

Some airlines have been suspending flights or modifying services in response to the outbreak.

Below is a list of some destinations which are popular with Brit families and how they've been affected by coronavirus with the latest figures provided by Reuters.

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Spain

A man in the Spanish region of Valencia has died from coronavirus, marking the country's first death from the outbreak, a local health official said on Tuesday.

A post-mortem showed the man, who died on February 13, was killed by the virus, regional health chief Ana Barcelo told a press conference.

News of the death came shortly after Spain's Health Ministry announced on its Twitter page that several sporting events would be held behind closed doors, while medical conferences will be cancelled in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

The ministry said sport fixtures expected to draw crowds from zones designated as high-risk for coronavirus, such as northern Italy, would be played without spectators, having earlier referred to the measure as a recommendation.

Such events include the return leg of the Champions League match between Valencia and Italy's Atalanta scheduled for March 10, and a Europa League match between Getafe and Inter Milan on March 19.

In total, around 150 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Spain, while some 100 health workers in the Basque region have been isolated in their homes after coming into contact with people carrying the virus.

Thailand

The Thai Government is considering introducing a mandatory two-week quarantine for 'high-risk' people who travel to the country.

Health Ministry spokesman Taweesilp Witsanuyotin said on Wednesday that the Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha is discussing the potential step with other officials.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a Facebook post that people arriving from Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Iran, Italy, France and Germany must self-quarantine.

But the post was later deleted.

Jamaica

The Caribbean island has banned travellers who has visited  Italy, South Korea, Iran and Singapore and does not have a permanent residency or marriage exemption.

Those that do will be quarantined for a minimum two weeks on arrival.

Last week Jamaica and The Cayman Islands turned away cruise ship MSC Meraviglia over coronavirus fears.

Italy

The Civil Protection Agency said that 27 people had died of the highly contagious illness in Italy over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of dead to 79, while the number of cases rose to 2,502.

Italy's health authorities said today they may set up a new quarantine red zone to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Europe's worst-hit country, after the death toll and the number of cases jumped.

The increase in deaths was the largest since the outbreak surfaced 12 days ago in the wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

It remains centered in the north, with Lombardy by far the worst affected, but it has since spread south and infections have now been confirmed in all but one of Italy's 20 regions.

Tenerife

More than 700 holidaymakers have been holed up in a hotel in Tenerife after two guests tested positive for coronavirus.

People staying at the four-star H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Adeje, in the south of the island, were initially told they could not leave the hotel for 14 days.

But however they have since been told they can leave providing they show no symptoms and have a negative test 24 hours before their flight.

An Italian doctor and his wife were the first guests at the hotel to be diagnosed with the killer bug.

Egypt

Egypt’s health ministry announced on Sunday that one foreigner was positive for the new coronavirus strain inside Egypt.

The ministry said on its Facebook page that the person, whose nationality was not announced, was taken to an isolation hospital and was receiving the necessary medical care.

It also added that it is currently taking strict preventive measures regarding those who were in contact with the person.

It is the second case of new coronavirus detected in Egypt. The first person has recovered, the statement said.

At least 1,443 people have been tested so far for the virus.

Turkey

Turkey is one of the few holiday destinations to now have had any reported coronavirus cases.

But travellers who do not have Turkish residency will not be allowed to enter the country within 14 days of visiting China, South Korea, Iran, Iraq or Italy.

Travellers with a Turkish residency will be tested for coronavirus.

If positive they will quarantined for 14 days and advised to self-isolate if the result is negative.

France

A fourth person has died from coronavirus infection in France and President Emmanuel Macron warned that the health crisis could last several months.

"During the period we are going through and that we will go through – because we have entered a phase that will last weeks even possibly months – it is paramount to show clarity, resilience, nerves and determination to slow the epidemic…and then fight it," Macron told a crisis cell at the Health Ministry.

The head of the public health service, Jerome Salomon, told a daily press briefing that, at 3pm (GMT) on Tuesday, France had 212 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, up from 191 on Monday, and that 13 regions were affected.

Australia

There has been 42 confirmed coronavirus cases and one death in Australia.

This has lead to the Government tightening travel restrictions so that anyone who has traveled to Iran since February 19 must self isolate.

Ireland

Irish authorities have confirmed a second case of coronavirus, a woman in the east of the country who recently travelled to Italy, Ireland's Department of Health announced on Tuesday.

"Today we are confirming that Ireland has diagnosed one new case of COVID-19.

"The case arises in a female in the east of the country and is associated with travel from Northern Italy," Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health told a news briefing.

United States

The number of infections in the United States has risen above 100.

Washington state reported three more deaths on Tuesday as authorities worked on preventing its spread.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Washington state rose to 27, including nine deaths, up from 18 cases and six deaths a day earlier, the state Department of Health reported.

A New York man tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the state to two,officials said on Tuesday.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier posted 108 cases on its website: 60 in 12 U.S. states, including presumed cases reported by public health laboratories, and 48 who were repatriated from abroad.

Germany

Germany's confirmed cases rose to 188 on Tuesday from 157 on Monday afternoon, the Robert Koch Institute said.

Thirteen of Germany’s 16 federal states have now reported cases of the novel coronavirus, with the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia being most affected, according to the RKI.

Germany has not reported a fatal case of the virus, which emerged in Wuhan late last year and is quickly spreading around the world.

Japan

Disneyland Tokyo and DisneySea parks have both been temporarily forced to closed until at least March 15.

The company said: "The reopening date is scheduled for March 16, but we will contact closely with the relevant administrative organs and will inform you again," the company said.

Universal Studios Japan also announced said it would follow suit and close its park for two weeks.

As of Friday, confirmed cases in Japan topped 200, with four deaths, excluding more than 700 cases and four more deaths from a quarantined cruise liner, Diamond Princess.

What advice is the UK government issuing?

The UK government is telling people to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if they've travelled to the UK from the Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even without symptoms.

The same applies if you've travelled from Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since February 19, even if you do not have symptoms.

You should also stay indoors if you've been to other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild), the advice says.

This advice also relates to parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since February 19 and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild).

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