The scare comes after an Italian doctor who visited the building tested positive for the virus.

A hotel in Tenerife has been placed on lockdown after an Italian doctor who visited the building tested positive for the coronavirus.

One thousand guests staying at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace have been told to stay in their rooms.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it’s monitoring the situation closely, but did not confirm whether its aware of any Irish people staying at the resort.

Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team will meet this afternoon to advance preparation for a case being confirmed in Ireland.

Consultant in Infectious Diseases Professor Karina Butler said containment efforts have been effective.

”It may happen that we will get a case or two,” she said.

”It’s important to remember we have had no cases and that containment has been shown to be effective in many countries” – such as the UK and Germany.

”And we have all those procedures in place.”