This article originally appeared on the Cuartel del Bosque Real.

PAGES; AFP | A glum-looking woman is escorted by emergency services as she returns to her room at the Hotel La Zarzuela in the coastal city of Santa Cruz on Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Hundreds of tourists were holed up in a Tenerife hotel after the country’s first case of coronavirus emerged.

Those affected include more than 200 Britons on a family holiday to the Canary Islands and 100 Italian couples married on their honeymoon.

More than 200 British tourists have been put on high-level alert following the death of a British man who was diagnosed with a rare but potentially fatal virus while on holiday in the Canary Islands.

All the tourists at the hotel in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, west of the capital San de los Andes, were medically checked on arrival and are now undergoing further check-ups.

The woman who is believed to have died was being treated in an intensive care unit in Vigo, the regional capital of Andalusia, and a daughter, said to be five years old, was seriously ill.

Thomas Cook said it had returned all its holidaymakers to Tenerife but said “a small number” of its guests at the Hotel La Zarzuela in Santa Cruz were now on high alert, warning of the risk of the virus spreading.

Scores of holidaymakers at the hotel were being taken to another hotel as a precaution and any others affected could be transferred in a double room on the hotel floor for their own safety, the British tour operator said.

“Safety and security are the priority for Thomas Cook and we take our guests’ health and safety very seriously,” a spokeswoman said.

“The route was decided for the health and safety of our customers, many of whom are British, and for the comfort of their families and friends.”

The virus is an illness from the same family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which emerged in China in 2002 and infected 8,000 people worldwide, killing more than 800.

It is named after coronavirus after the coronaries or septuagenarian glands that it causes.