Tuesday evening news briefing: Hotel in Tenerife on lockdown after guest contracts coronavirus

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A Spanish police officer sets a barrier blocking access to the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife - AP
A Spanish police officer sets a barrier blocking access to the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife - AP

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Hotel on lockdown as virus spreads across Europe

Around 1,000 holidaymakers in a Tenerife hotel have been told to stay in their rooms after an Italian tourist there tested positive for coronavirus. Officials confirmed the hotel as the site of the latest case of the virus, the third to affect Spain. Police have been pictured surrounding the site to make sure no one enters or leaves. The infected tourist, understood to be a doctor, comes from Italy's Lombardy region where several people have died. He had reportedly been staying at the hotel for seven days with his wife. The hotel lockdown comes as a British school closed over fears pupils returning from a skiing trip to Italy may have contracted coronavirus. Follow the latest updates, including travel advice, on our liveblog. And here is a  guide to the symptoms  to look out for.

Meanwhile, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are at risk of cancellation if the coronavirus is not contained by the end of May, according to a senior figure on the International Olympic Committee. Dick Pound estimates there is a three-month window to decide the fate of the Games in Japan. But the British Olympic Association has moved to calm a potential diplomatic spat after London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey suggested the Games should be moved to the British capital. Elsewhere, Iran's deputy health minister has tested positive for the disease. The global stock market sell off continues as coronavirus spooks investors. It comes after the panic wiped $1 trillion off global markets yesterday. Read this guide to the investment "safe havens" that can protect your savings.

No evidence of VIP child sex abuse ring, finds inquiry

The £150million child sex abuse inquiry, that was launched on the back of claims by Labour politician Tom Watson, has found no evidence of a "powerful paedophile network" operating at the heart of Westminster. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse concluded that while there had been individual cases of wrongdoing, there was no organised VIP paedophile ring and no establishment cover up. Martin Evans and Chief Reporter Robert Mendick report how the findings will heap further criticism on Mr Watson, the former Labour deputy leader, who has been accused of peddling "conspiracy theories" and "fake news" after making accusations in the House of Commons in 2012. Meanwhile, Lord Steel, the former Liberal Democrat leader, has quit his party and the Lords after he was heavily criticised in the report. Read on for details.

PS - A new Tory MP has apologised today after a video of him flashing his genitals to women in a pub emerged. Danielle Sheridan has the story.

Plácido Domingo apologises after harassment claims

Celebrated Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo has accepted "full responsibility" after multiple accusations of sexual harassment by women he had worked with were reportedly upheld in a non-judicial investigation. The inquiry into Mr Domingo's behaviour was conducted by lawyers hired by the American Guild of Musical Artists after news reports last year revealed accounts by 27 women who said the singer, now aged 79, had sexually harassed them or made unwanted approaches. Although the findings have not yet been made public, it reportedly shows a clear pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse of power by Mr Domingo spanning at least two decades. Mr Domingo, who previously brushed off the accusations, said he is "truly sorry" in a statement.

News digest

Video: Outgoing head of MI5 targets 'wild west' web

The head of Britain's security service has warned the internet is turning into a "wild west", saying the lack of regulation is "mystifying". Watch Sir Andrew Parker, the outgoing head of MI5, as he also appealed to tech firms' "brilliant technologists" to come up with a form of encryption to allow law enforcement agencies to protect people from online harms.


World news: The one story you must read today...

Hosni Mubarak dies | The former president of Egypt who was ousted during the tumult of the Arab Spring protests has died, aged 91. Hosni Mubarak, dubbed the "pharaoh" by his detractors, had ruled Egypt for 30 years, suppressing dissent and jailing opponents, until the Arab Spring protests erupted in Cairo in January 2011. Read his Telegraph obituary.

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Business and money briefing

Britain's biggest earners | The richest top 10pc of UK earners are almost £10,000 a year better off than previously thought, statisticians say. The new estimates by the Office for National Statistics also shows a widening opf the gap between rich and poor. Click here to see the average UK salary by profession - and check if you earn the same as your colleagues.

Sport briefing

Wilder blames costume | Deontay Wilder blamed the weight of his ring-walk outfit for his world heavyweight defeat to Tyson Fury on Saturday night - and said he will sack the co-trainer who threw in the towel. His costume was a tribute to Black History Month. Read his comments here.

Tonight's TV  

Back in Time for the Corner Shop, BBC Two, 8pm | There have been eight series now of this family oriented time-travelling show based around British eating habits. Read on for more.

And finally...

A Treasury tale | An exhibition has opened at the York Art Gallery for one of Britain's bestselling contemporary artists, Harland Miller. A mysterious label on one of his works has revealed the Chancellor Rishi Sunak is one of his collectors. Read on for details.

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