A pair of adventure seeking friends from Wokingham are now stuck in a remote town in Peru due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Connor Cummings, 21, and his friend Steven Hunt, 20, were travelling around the mountains near the South American town of Huanchaco.

When they came back, they found out the virus had reached the area and were told they had to stay inside a hostel in the town – where they remain.

Connor’s dad Phillip told BerkshireLive the town is 10 hours travel from the main airport in the Peruvian capital Lima.

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He said: “It’s quite worrying.

“No-one knows what is going to happen.

“There’s about 40 people there of various nationalities.

“There are people worse off than Connor who have not heard anything from their embassies.

“Connor is at least in touch, but we’ve got not idea what’s going to happen.

“At the moment, they aren’t allowed to leave at all. They have to stay inside.

“No-one there has the virus, but the town is on full lockdown.

“We just don’t know what’s happening or when they might be able to leave.

“The Foreign Office contacted them on March 21 saying flights were being arranged, but they have not received any more information.

“It’s a 10 hour journey to get to Lima and they will need some help to get there.”

Mr Cummings added staff at the hostel were cooking meals three times a day for the people stuck there and that the families were both in contact with the two men.

He added that, remarkably, there are another couple from Reading, Berkshire, stuck in an apartment in the same town.

He said: “Not knowing what’s going to happen is quite worrying, we’d just like to hear there’s some sort of plan.”

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A spokesman for the Foreign office said: “We have chartered a British Airways flight departing Lima for London Heathrow on Wednesday 25 March.

“We are prioritising places for vulnerable British nationals most at risk from the effects of coronavirus on this flight –namely elderly people and those with underlying health conditions.

“We continue to work around the clock with the Peruvian authorities, international governments and airlines to arrange further flights to the UK for remaining British nationals.’’



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