A group of British tourists stranded in coronavirus quarantine in Vietnam are being forced to share a toilet between 27 people in ‘prison like conditions’.
Adrian Goldthorpe travelled from London Heathrow to Han Oi on Monday 9 March.
On Friday Mr Goldthorpe, along with 10 others flew to Da Nan and visited some sites before arriving at a hotel.
The 68-year-old was then informed by their guide that one of the cabin crew on the flight had been tested positive for Covid-19.
The finance director from Leeds was then taken to a hotel with eight others, who were then told medical staff would come and test them.
Since Friday more Brits have arrived, one of which has tested positive for Covid-19, Mr Goldthorpe has said he is today waiting to be moved out of the complex he is and into another.
Vietnam has reported 61 infections from the illness but no deaths and all 16 of its virus sufferers have recovered. The country today announced that it would be suspending the issue of new visas for all foreign nationals to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking to MailOnline Mr Goldthorpe said it wasn’t until 10pm on Friday that they were told to pack their bags and head to the reception.
A dirty empty shower block is seen above. Those stuck in Vietnam are having to share facilities
Some of the squalid conditions the group is being forced to live in as they await their fate in Vietnam
A room filled with bunk beds is seen above and those using it have compared the facilities to a prison camp
Pictured above are food provisions put in place for those staying at the hotel. It includes toilet rolls and clothes hangers
Guests at the hotel are seen above being tested buy healthcare professionals at the hotel
‘There were three heavily protected individuals who loaded our things and us into a minibus type ambulance. We went with speed, lights flashing etc, picking up two others on the way.
‘We arrived at what can only be described as a disused, dilapidated, army facility that before the victory by the North, had been a hotel.
‘We were temperature tested and led to an old classroom turned into a dormitory. There were steel army bunks with no mattresses. Another group of nine British had arrived an hour before us and were erecting their mosquito nets on the bottom bunks which they had claimed’.
They were told to find somewhere else to sleep, but eventually managed to persuade the guards to find them somewhere else, which was another disused classroom with the same bunks in it.
The beds at the facility don’t even have a mattress on them and have just a straw mat (above)
The facility is clearly run down and chairs are seen stacked underneath the stairs and rags are also on the floor
Tourists have been forced to cram into one room, they are seen above wearing protective face masks
Mr Goldthorpe, who was travelling with holiday group Exodus, said the group tried their best to sleep but that there were no matresses on the bunks.
‘There was a table with toilet paper, small cartons of milk, dried noodles, tea bags and Nescafé all in one. Why the latter, I have no idea as there was no hot water.
‘We were then left to our own devices with no information. We have been given breakfast, of a sort from a local hotel. They have also brought us a couple of kettles. The guards are very responsive to our needs, now.
‘We have had swabs and blood samples taken. We were all temperature tested and proved to be of normal temperature’.
Guests have put mosquito nets around the bunk beds (left) and paint can be seen coming off the walls (right)
Guests line up to see healthcare professionals at the hotel earlier this week in Vietnam
On Saturday they managed to use a makeshift shower made out of a hosepipe. Later that night they 11 more arrived meaning they were self isolating with the new arrivals.
Mr Goldthorpe said that at this point there was ‘still only one toilet and no showers and only cold water between 27, including a baby’.
‘Still very little information being given to us. We are trying our best to keep our spirits up, however, it is difficult’.
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On Sunday portaloos arrived and Mr Goldthorpe said the group was very supportive of each other and claimed it had been a difficult task.
Just yesterday he said one member of the group tested positive for the disease while everyone else got the news that they were negative.
He said there is still no water and that the toilets are ‘soiled’ and that there is no hand washing provisions.
‘We keep getting everywhere sprayed with some chemicals. We have no idea what this is and could be harmful. This is very worrying’.
Yesterday the group were told that they were being moved to the building next door.
It is not yet clear whether or not Mr Goldthorpe had been able to move hotels today, but he said that they were asked to leave their rooms so they could be sprayed.
Alec Shelbrooke, Mr Goldthorpe’s local MP said he was in contact with his constituent and that the Foreign and Commonwealth office is working urgently to support UK nationals in Vietnam.
An FCO spokesperson said: ‘We recognise that any British people currently overseas may be nervous about the impact of coronavirus on their travel and their health.
‘We are in close contact with travel providers and our international partners to provide support to those British people affected by ongoing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.’
MailOnline has contacted Exodus.
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