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Brit trapped in Lanzarote due to coronavirus 'running out of vital medication'

A blind Brit is stuck on his own in Lanzarote due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now running out of vital medication, he claims.

Due to flights being grounded in an attempt to curb the spread of the killer bug, Willie Tanner, from Dundee, has been left trapped on the Canary Island.

Mr Tanner flew out on March 3 having booked a three-week holiday, but due to the outbreak has been told the earliest he can come home is at least a month.

The 62-year-old is registered blind and can only make out blurry shapes within 50 yards due to a brain aneurysm.

Blind Brit Willie Tanner is running desperately low on meds as he remains trapped abroad (Image: Daily Record)

He takes a dozen tablets each day to avoid another aneurysm and with the meds running desperately low, he has been forced to cut his dosage in half.

Speaking to the Dundee Courier, he said: “I just don’t know how I’m going to get them. The pharmacies here are open but I need a prescription.

“My friend in Dundee is looking at getting the prescription to send over to me but I don’t even know if there is any air mail coming in.

Mr Tanner said suddenly everyone was ordered out of the hotel and taken to the airport (Image: Getty Images/Collection Mix: Subjects RF)

“It’s quite a scary situation. I have never experienced anything like this in my life.”

He said the speed of the lockdown was very quick, adding – “suddenly everyone was ordered out of their hotels and taken to the airport”.

However, Mr Tanner went on to explain the hotel owners are friends of his and they allowed him to remain – though he assumed he could get his flight home as normal at the end of his holiday.

He has described Lanzarote as a “ghost town” with only himself and a security guard at the complex.

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Mr Tanner has since been contacted by the Foreign Office which is attempting to help him source his meds.

A FO spokesperson admitted it’s a “difficult time” for many Brits abroad, particularly those with health problems.

But said they are doing “everything they can” to keep all Britons informed, particularly those like Mr Tanner who are in heightened difficulty on when they can get home.


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