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Coronavirus: British tourists quarantined in Vietnam


British tourists quarantined for coronavirus in Vietnam: One couple are accused of ‘spreading the disease everywhere’ as others reveal ‘filthy’ hospital conditions

  • Graham and Mary Craddock picked up coronavirus on their flight from Heathrow
  • Were told by officials they infected people ‘everywhere’ after visiting Hanoi
  • Glenys and Eric Holmes are being quarantined in Loi Cai Hospital, north Vietnam
  • Couple tested negative for bug but were told they have to remain quarantined
  • Mrs Holmes said hospital is ‘like a prison’ with no shower just a ‘bucket of water’

Britons are being held in quarantine in Vietnam after catching coronavirus on a flight from London.

Graham Craddock, 68, and his wife, Mary, 69, were accused of spreading coronavirus ‘everywhere’ after travelling around Hanoi. 

They, along with five other Britons, contracted the illness from a 26-year-old woman sat two rows in front of them on their Vietnam Airlines flight from Heathrow. 

Glenys and Eric Holmes from Manchester were also on the plane but have been given the all clear.

Even so, they are still being quarantined in Loi Cai Hospital in north Vietnam which they described as a ‘prison’.

Glenys and Eric Holmes from Manchester have been given the all clear but are still being quarantined in Loi Cai Hospital in north Vietnam

Glenys and Eric Holmes from Manchester have been given the all clear but are still being quarantined in Loi Cai Hospital in north Vietnam

Britons are being quarantined in filthy Loi Cai Hospital with no hot water and a bucket instead of a shower

Britons are being quarantined in filthy Loi Cai Hospital with no hot water and a bucket instead of a shower

Mr and Mrs Holmes (right) were also quarantined with Jackie (left) and Alan (second left) Becker who all tested negative for coronavirus

Graham Craddock, 68, and his wife, Mary, 69, were also quarantined in Loi Cai Hospital (pictured) before they tested positive and were moved to Hanoi

Graham Craddock, 68, and his wife, Mary, 69, were also quarantined in Loi Cai Hospital (pictured) before they tested positive and were moved to Hanoi

Mrs Holmes said: ‘The facility is like an old bit of hospital that must have been unused. It was originally a mental hospital I think.

‘It is just like a prison. We have no hot water. We have had no towels. There are no curtains.

‘The first facilities we were taken to had a hole in the floor for a toilet.

‘We have now been moved to a slightly better one.

‘There is no shower. It is a big bucket of water.

Mrs Holmes (second right) told how the facility where she and her husband Eric (right) and another couple, Mr and Mrs Becker (left), are staying has no English interpreters to help them understand what is going on

Mrs Holmes (second right) told how the facility where she and her husband Eric (right) and another couple, Mr and Mrs Becker (left), are staying has no English interpreters to help them understand what is going on

Mrs Holmes (pictured) said: 'It is just like a prison. We have no hot water. We have had no towels. There are no curtains'

Mrs Holmes (pictured) said: ‘It is just like a prison. We have no hot water. We have had no towels. There are no curtains’

‘We have been given the all clear but we aren’t allowed to go yet because of 14 days quarantine.

‘Nobody is talking to us, there are no English interpreters here. It is unbelievable, it really is.

‘We do not know when we will be allowed home.’

They are staying with one other couple – Jackie and Alan Becker – who also tested negative for coronavirus. 

The bug has infected more than 110,000 world wide and killed more than 4,000.

There are at least 30 confirmed cases in Vietnam, including seven Britons.

Mr and Mrs Craddock were also quarantined in Loi Cai Hospital and were put in a filthy wing with no hot water and a broken toilet.

The couple, who visited attractions in Hanoi and in the north-west of the country, were told by officials that they had infected people ‘everywhere’ they had been.

Mr and Mrs Holmes are staying with one other couple who has also tested negative for coronavirus - which has infected more than 110,000 world wide and killed more than 4,000. Pictured: People being tested for the virus at a quarantine hospital

Mr and Mrs Holmes are staying with one other couple who has also tested negative for coronavirus – which has infected more than 110,000 world wide and killed more than 4,000. Pictured: People being tested for the virus at a quarantine hospital

The couple, who visited attractions in Hanoi and in the north-west of the country, were told by officials that they had infected people ‘everywhere’ they had been. 

They were told by officials that they had to leave Lao Cai because the hospital needed to house 54 more suspected cases and were transported four hours away to a facility in Hanoi, The Guardian reports.

The 26-year-old wealthy socialite who contracted the virus had visited London, Milan and Paris before travelling back to Vietnam.



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