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Three Brits ‘stuck in eternal hell’ as they’re held against their will in covid quarantine detention centre in Italy

THREE British pals say they are “stuck in eternal hell” as they are held against their will in a Covid-19 quarantine detention centre in Italy.

The three friends, Will Castle, 22, Rhys James, 23 and Quinn Paczesny, 20, were teaching English in Florence when they tested positive for the coronavirus on August 17.

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They were then taken from hospital to a coronavirus centre and put in small, separate rooms where they face being stuck indefinitely.

Patients who have tested positive for the virus must test negative for the coronavirus twice at least 24 hours apart before they are allowed to leave.

Their meals, which can consist just of mozzarella cheese and carrots, are left outside their rooms by staff in hazmat suits.

They are forced to wash their clothes in the bathroom sink, using only shampoo.

The men, who have been transferred to three separate facilities over the past five months, now want the UK government to intervene and help them leave the country and be repatriated.

They fear otherwise they could still be stuck in Italy at Christmas.

Mr Castle, from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, told the Sunday Times: “What we are looking for is the Foreign Office – or whoever has the ability to get us out of here – to get in and repatriate us.

“We just want someone to take notice so we can return home. We can isolate there.

“We just want to continue our lives and not be stuck in this eternal hell.

“We could test negative next week, the week after, or never. We are literally at their mercy as to when we get to leave.”

Mr Castle also claims one of his friends suffers from Celiac disease but says his dietary needs have not been catered for and he has, at times, been forced to eat food containing gluten.

He told Metro: “The pastoral care has just been really rubbish.”

To keep their spirits up the three pals often video-call one another but they say the wifi connection can be poor.

The only in-person interaction they have with others is when a cleaner, in a hazmat suit, comes to disinfect their rooms.

Mr Paczesny, from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, said: “We are all in separate rooms, not allowed to leave these four walls. The meals are lacking in nutrition.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has previously warned against requiring two negative tests before releasing people from quarantine, saying it could result in “long periods of isolation… affecting individual well-being”.

The three guys are regularly tested every Monday but have so far tested positive every week.

They say this is because of “dead coronavirus cells” that have stayed in their system.

The Foreign Office spokesperson said: “Our staff are in regular contact with the local health authorities about the cases, and have raised concerns with them about their dietary requirements.”


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