Tourists including British holiday makers are reportedly stranded at a hotel in Tenerife after it was placed into lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak.
A British guest at H10 Costa Adeje Palace told Sky News "All we have been told is to stay in our rooms."
It follows reports in Spanish newspaper, El Pais, that health officials are carrying out tests in the Adeje resort.
Another tourist, from Wiltshire, told the broadcaster: "We've not been given any information other than a piece of paper under the door."
Earlier today health secretary Matt Hancock said the Government was holding weekly Cobra meetings.
He said they expect more UK cases and warned that if anyone has been to northern Italy, north of Pisa, they should self-isolate if they have flu-like symptoms, and if they have been to quarantined areas they should self-isolate with no symptoms.
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Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he added: "If people have been to the affected areas that the Italian government have quarantined then they should self-isolate whether or not they have symptoms."
In Italy, where 229 people have tested positive for the virus and seven have died, police have manned checkpoints around a dozen quarantined northern towns.
Schools were closed, theatre performances cancelled, and Venice Carnival celebrations were called off.
Mr Hancock said the Government was not aware of any Britons who were in the quarantined areas of northern Italy, but he urged anyone there to make contact with the embassy in Rome.
The minister added that there were no changes to travel advice about going to Italy but those returning and showing symptoms should self-isolate.
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He added: "In terms of going to Italy as a whole we haven't changed that travel advice. But we are clear that, if you come back from northern Italy and you have symptoms, then you should self-isolate."
The new travel advice comes as World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus warned that, while the spread of the virus around the world is not yet at pandemic stage, it has the potential to become one.
But Mr Hancock said the UK has done a "huge amount" of work preparing in case coronavirus became a pandemic, including setting up testing facilities outside A&Es and preparing home testing kits.
He added: "Since the outbreak became public at the start of this year, we have been doing a huge amount of work to prepare in case this becomes a pandemic.
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"Once it gets to that point there isn't a way to stop it coming into the UK in a big way.
"t is not yet clear that it will become a pandemic – the number of cases in China has been slowing over the last couple of weeks and we are relatively confident that information is correct.
"Now there are more cases outside China, but at the moment if those countries get their response right and get the numbers coming down as China has then there still is the possibility this is a relatively small outbreak in the UK.
"We still expect more cases but a the moment there are 13 cases in the UK."
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