The coronavirus pandemic continue to sweep the UK and no one is safe from contracting the dangerous virus despite measures to keep people apart being put in place by the Government.
West Brom striker Charlie Austin believes that he has contracted COVID-19 over what has been a difficult few weeks, and he blames his attendance at Cheltenham as the cause.
The 30-year-old has revealed he suffered from both cold sweats and soaring heat after being advised to stay at home by club doctor Kevin Conrod, and he has now told the public to take the virus seriously.
He told The Telegraph: "I felt like someone had chucked a bucket of water over me. I was soaking.
“Before I started feeling the symptoms on Saturday I was on the phone to my wife Bianca’s mother and I said to her that I hoped if anyone in our family got it that it would be me.
"I felt like I was fit and healthy and I could handle it. A week later and I would say to anyone, even those in their 20s and 30s – ‘Don’t take it lightly – it’s serious’.
"I get that people who haven’t got it are going about their lives. Last week, I was living my life. Not that I didn’t take coronavirus seriously.
“But this is extremely serious and we should take it that way.”
The British public have been updated daily on how to react by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who told pubs, clubs and restaurants to close their doors this evening and keep them that way until instructed otherwise.
He said: “I know it has been difficult … but these actions we are taking together are helping to take the strain off the NHS.
“The speed of our eventual recovery depends entirely on our collective ability to get on top of the virus now and that means we have to take the next steps on scientific advice.
“And following our plan we are strengthening the measures announced on Monday. We need now to push down further on that curve of transmission between us.
“And so following agreement with all the … devolved administrations, we are collectively telling cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not to open tomorrow.
“We're also telling nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same timescale. Restaurants will be allowed to operate as take-aways.”
The public have been advised to wash their hands regularly to help stop the spread of the virus, with Johnson adding: “We've based all our decisions on the best scientific evidence and we will continue to do so.”
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