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Nurse Locked Up In "Prison-Like" Room Abroad After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Nurse Locked Up In "Prison-Like" Room Abroad After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

A nurse has spoken of living in "jail-like" conditions after testing positive for coronavirus in Cyprus.

Kayleigh Cartlidge, 24, from Sheffield, was randomly testing when she arrived in Paphos for a holiday with her family.

When she got the results back, Kayleigh says she was baffled as she had tested negative just 72 hours before.

Since receiving her results on 12th October, Kayleigh says she has been forced to quarantine in accommodation two hours away from where her family are staying.

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Kayleigh took photos of the food she's been served (Credit: Caters)
Kayleigh took photos of the food she's been served (Credit: Caters)

Kayleigh said her family had booked the trip after she tragically lost her dad to cancer and instead of R&R, she's been subjected to a "living nightmare".

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

"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.

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"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."

She says the food is undercooked and cold (Credit: Caters)
She says the food is undercooked and cold (Credit: Caters)

Kayleigh will have to stay in the facility for 14-21 days until she has a negative test. She says she had a balcony for fresh air but is not allowed to go on walks.

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

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

"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."

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Kayleigh says she's not allowed to eat during the day and is served food at 9.30pm (Credit: Caters)
Kayleigh says she's not allowed to eat during the day and is served food at 9.30pm (Credit: Caters)
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Kayleigh says she has been in touch with the UK government commission board, who are waiting for the Cypriot government's response.

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.

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"I just want to get out of here."

Manchester airport where Kayleigh flew from (Credit: Caters)
Manchester airport where Kayleigh flew from (Credit: Caters)

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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Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.