Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko claims that the UK should have ‘locked down’ far sooner to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered stringent regulations countrywide on Monday night, in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly pandemic.
Johnson announced that people may only leave home to exercise once a day, to travel to and from work where “absolutely necessary”, and to collect essential supplies.
The government’s strict new rules came after the more than 6,000 people in the UK were confirmed to have the virus, while 335 people have died.
City star Zinchenko has blasted the UK government for their slow response to the outbreak.
He insisted that the country should have been put into lockdown earlier, as other nations around Europe have done.
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“In England, they react a little slower to all of this,” Zinchenko told Ukrainian TV show Great Football.
“Quarantine is introduced only tomorrow [Tuesday March 24]. This had to be done earlier.
“I have a friend here who has symptoms of coronavirus, but she is told to go to work. Thank God everything is OK with my relatives.
“‘I want to appeal to everyone; follow the rules and sit at home.”
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Zinchenko also revealed that the City medical staff are doing their best to help the players and staff.
He is constantly sent food packages by the club, as well as gym equipment to maintain his fitness.
“Manchester City take care of all their players and staff,” he said.
“When I wake up, there is a message from the doctor: how do I feel? How are my family and friends?
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“They bring me food six days a week and equipment to keep fit.”
City players have been training alone for almost two weeks now.
The squad were involved in a training session earlier this month, as they were still preparing for their Premier League clash against Burnley.
But, after the Premier League announced that all football will be suspended until the end of April, players have been given individual training and fitness routines.
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In the UK, 6,650 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, with 335 deaths, according to the latest statistics.
The most common coronavirus symptoms include a new, continuous cough, developing a high fever (37.8 degrees Celsius or higher), or losing your sense of smell or taste.
If you develop any of these symptoms, you’re advised to stay at home for at least seven days, without leaving.
Don’t go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, and you don’t need to call NHS111.
But, if your condition gets worse, or you feel that you can’t cope with your symptoms at home, then it’s time to dial 111.
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