Coronavirus: Two hotels in Abu Dhabi quarantined

Hosted cyclists and staff of UAE Tour race

28 February, 17:13

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 28 - Two hotels in Abu Dhabi that hosted participants of the UAE Tour cycling race have been placed on preventative quarantine after two of the race's Italian staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, said the BBC on Friday.

    One of the two hotels is the W Hotel, of hospitality giant Marriott, which was placed on "temporary lockdown".

    "No one can leave or enter the property until it is deemed safe to do so," said a spokeswoman for the W Abu Dhabi, adding that all guests were currently undergoing screening.

    "The safety and well-being of our guests is of paramount importance to us and we will comply with the direction provided by the authorities," she said.

    The UAE decided to cancel the final two stages of the UAE Tour after two members of the Italian staff tested positive.

    Anyone who came into contact with the two Italians, including members of staff, organisers, and participants, are undergoing testing to verify whether they contracted the virus.

    One of the cycling stars who is being screened for coronavirus is Briton Chris Froome.

    "It's a shame that the UAE Tour has been cancelled but public health must come first," Froome tweeted.

    "We're awaiting testing and will remain at the hotel until further notice," he said.(ANSAmed).

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