A gaggle of Britons stranded in Peru> will miss rescue flights placed on by the International Workplace after two travellers on the hostel they’re staying in examined optimistic for coronavirus.
Round 140 visitors within the Pariwana hostel in Cusco, together with 9 British residents and one Irish one, have been instructed they could possibly be quarantined for as much as three months and can now be confined to their rooms for 23 hours a day.
Failure to conform might lead to imprisonment, the Peruvian authorities have instructed them.
“The information that we could possibly be trapped right here for 3 months is devastating,” mentioned Alex Foulkes, 31, a contract film-maker from Wrexham who’s trapped within the hostel.
“It appears like being in jail. We actually simply have beds in our rooms and the toilet is shared by dozens of travellers. I’m unsure how we’ll deal with being confined to our rooms for the subsequent three months for 23 hours a day.”
Footage shot by Foulkes exhibits visitors being instructed the ministry of well being has imposed a quarantine “which may final from one month to a few months”.
The virus outbreak has led to rising nervousness among the many estimated 700 Britons remaining in Peru after the primary British Airways repatriation flight left Lima on Wednesday.
Organisers say persons are getting more and more fearful that the International Workplace’s repatriation efforts do not need management of the state of affairs.
“I wasn’t panicked thus far, however I’m now,” mentioned Ellie Harper, 32, who’s caught 5 hours from Lima. “We’ve had no details about when the subsequent flights are coming, we have now heard rumours that they could possibly be subsequent week however this exhibits the longer this goes on the larger the probabilities of us being hit by coronavirus and being compelled into quarantine for 3 months.”
There have additionally been stories of poor communication.
One couple instructed the WhatsApp group of marooned Britons on Wednesday night time: “We had a name simply now from the British embassy saying we must always have been on right now’s flight however they by no means emailed us to say that, and so they emailed us yesterday to say we weren’t on the flight and they’re now saying it’s too late.”
One other couple in Cusco instructed how they have been chosen for the primary rescue flight however made it clear to the International Workplace they have been 22 hours away from Lima. Once they stood exterior their lodge on the allotted time for the pick-up bus, none got here.
“They then went to the airport in Cusco and there have been simply two queues – one in every of Brazilians and one in every of People all holding certificates for journey and their passports and no signal of any British representatives,” Harper mentioned.