A couple are "stuck in paradise" as Morocco cancels flights in response to Britain's to Covid infections.

Chloe Cervone and partner Lucy Ross were set to head home on Thursday night when the North African country axed flights to and from the UK.

Instead, they say they are helpless but to sit back and relax a little longer in their luxury all-inclusive resort.

Chloe said the Hotel Riu Palace Tikida Taghazout situated on the Mediterranean is empty and admits there are worse places to be trapped in, TeessideLive reports.

The ice cream selling business owner from Whitby, Yorkshire said: "We were supposed to fly out last night, but the flight was cancelled.

"We have been told it is going to be rescheduled for tonight, but there is still so much uncertainty."

Located near sandy beaches, the all-inclusive is described on TripAdvisor as having the "highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence and sophistication," with five bars, a steakhouse and even a patisserie.

While Chloe admits it is "gorgeous", they are still trying to find out when their flight to Manchester will eventually happen.

"We have spoken to our reps this morning, but they have told us they don't know what is happening," she added.

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"They will update us at 6pm tonight to let us know if we can go home or not, but it seems very unlikely."

"I am not complaining though as it is paradise out here in an empty resort and just what the Flows Flavours Ice Cream team needed after a busy summer selling ice cream in Whitby."

However, their story serves as a stark reminder as to the potential perils of travelling during this pandemic.

While British holidaymakers have flocked to tourist destinations since the rules were relaxed, the UK's spiralling infection rate could potentially see other countries follow Morocco's lead.

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The country suspended all flights to Britain – as well as Germany and Holland – from 23:59 BST on Wednesday until further notice.

This comes amid fears the UK's infection rate is starting to once again spiral out of control. Current figures show our infection rate is around 45 times higher than Morocco's.

There are growing concerns fresh restrictions may be needed over the winter, such as face masks, to ease pressure on the NHS.

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Yet while they wait to find out when they can return, Chloe used her firm's Facebook page to send a message back home that things weren't too bad.

Posting a picture of her sun-drenched resort, she added the caption: "Stuck in paradise (what a shame).

"We were hoping to be back out this weekend serving you your favourite sweet treats, but due to these unforeseen circumstances we will have to wait and see."

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