A BRIT family trapped in a Benidorm hotel room have been left feeling “like prisoners” amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown.
Matthew Cain arrived in Benidorm on March 10 for a holiday with his partner Hannah Richmond and her mum Margaret Smith.
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But the trio are now banned from leaving the hotel even to sit around the pool and are confined to their rooms for most of the day under emergency lockdown laws.
The 31-year-old told how 14 police officers in full riot gear turned up in the Hotel Rio Park’s games room and demanded holidaymakers return to their rooms.
Matthew, who lives in Hylton Castle, Sunderland, said: “We are like prisoners. All we can do is sit in our rooms.
“The only time we can go downstairs is for our meals. We’re not allowed to sit outside.
“We were sitting in the games room on Sunday evening, there were about 30 to 40 of us but there was no music or anything.
“Suddenly 14 national police officers were telling everyone to quickly get out and sent us all up to our rooms.
“My girlfriend suffers from anxiety and she had a panic attack. It was terrifying.”
Deaths linked to Covid-19 in Spain rose to 558 today – up from 491 yesterday, and 309 the day before.
There are now 13,716 confirmed cases in the country, with the government ordering a strict lockdown and closing its borders.
A spokesman for TUI said: “Guests at the Hotel Rio Park have been asked to remain in the hotel, in line with the Spanish Government and local authority directives and are being looked after by hotel staff.
“We ask that they follow the advice of the local authority and the resort team.
“We are in direct contact with all our affected customers in Spain and are making arrangements to get them home.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding in these unprecedented circumstances and would like to assure all our customers that their safety is our number one priority.”
It comes as Brit tourists stranded in Spain were today ordered to get home within days after it was announced ALL hotels are to close down.
Packed hotels on the Costas will shut their doors early next week just days after Spain was put into total lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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The Foreign Office said today: “The Spanish government have confirmed that all hotels will close in Spain from Tuesday 24 March.
“We therefore advise British travellers in Spain to contact their tour operator or airline as soon as possible, to arrange their return journey home before this date.”
No further details were released about how so many tourists are expected to get back to the UK when airports are currently closed.