Nurse ‘banged up abroad’ after testing positive for Covid on arrival to Cyprus

A nurse who tested positive for coronavirus feels like she's "in prison" after being taken from her family holiday hotel.

Kayleigh Cartlidge, 24, tested negative for Covid-19 three days before her flight to Paphos, Cyprus, where she was tested again on arrival.

After a few days relaxing by the hotel pool with her family, Kayleigh was told her test results came back positive and was picked up by an ambulance which drove her two hours away to isolate.

Kayleigh, from Sheffield, Yorks, said: "I paid £120 for a private test on October 7 and I stayed indoors until the flight on Saturday. I have no symptoms and I've not been out nor mixed with people so I am baffled about the positive test.

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"My mum, who doesn't wish to be named, and I, booked this holiday to try and relax after losing my dad in May to cancer. He was diagnosed in December but he was unable to have his chemotherapy due to Covid-19.

"We were looking forward to a week in the sun at a 4* hotel and spa. I was able to enjoy the hotel and swimming pool from Saturday until Monday but then I was told I tested positive.

"An ambulance picked me up and drove me two hours away and have literally locked me in a room. There's a huge steel door with bolts – I feel like I am in prison.

"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy."

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Kayleigh has been forced to quarantine in the basic accommodation since October 12 and has only a small balcony to stretch her legs in.

It could be three weeks in her "jail cell" before the nurse gets the negative test result she needs to leave.

She said: "I've asked the staff – who barely speak English – to show me the results, I needed to show my work since I will not be returning – but they said it is a government document so I cannot see.

"My mum is having to isolate too – despite testing negative on arrival – she is still waiting for her results.

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"It has been an absolute disaster.

"I feel like I have lost my human rights. I am only allowed water and black coffee.

"I have barely ate for three days as the food is freezing and undercooked.

"They serve me dinner at 9.30pm and I can't even get a piece of fruit during the day."

Kayleigh has contacted Tui, who she booked with but has been told there is nothing they can do.

The UK government commission board are waiting for the Cypriot government to get back to them.

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She adds: "I can't believe this has happened, there has been no support.

"The worst thing is – at Manchester airport – there was no social distancing.

"It was overcrowded and so was the plane.

"People weren't wearing masks and there was a huge cramped queue for the toilet.

"I've followed the guidelines and I'm being penalised.

"I just want to get out of here."

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Kayleigh is on a Tui package holiday.

A spokesperson for the company said: "We’re sorry to hear of Ms Cartlidge’s situation.

"As she tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival at Paphos airport, the regulations put in place by the authorities in Cyprus require her to self-isolate and therefore she was moved to a specialist isolation unit within a hotel.

"We appreciate this must have been unsettling for Ms Cartlidge and we are in direct and regular contact with her. We are doing everything possible to make her experience as comfortable as possible.

"Although the situation is out of our control, we’re sorry again that Ms Cartlidge is unhappy. The safety and wellbeing of our customers remains our highest priority."

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