😷 Olympiacos boss recovers fully from the deadly coronavirus
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😷 Olympiacos boss recovers fully from the deadly coronavirus

The president of Greek side Olympiacos, Evangelos Marinakis has announced that he is fully recovered from the coronavirus.

The Greek tycoon, who also owns English side Nottingham Forest,  was confirmed positive just over two weeks ago leading to isolation and quarantine of Olympiacos and Arsenal players and staff. 

Olympiacos players underwent testing however they all turned out to be negative. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was the only Arsenal staff who contracted the virus.

“After two weeks in full compliance with my doctors’ instructions, I underwent my second medical test, as suggested by the relevant protocol, which turned out negative,” the 52-year-old told Nottingham Forest’s website.

“I stayed at home, I communicated with many of my friends and relatives, I read a lot, I watched TV for many hours, I listened to music and spent numerous hours surfing on the web; all these helped me realise what is going on in the rest of the world and see once again how fragile our planet is.

“I need to extend my thanks to the Greek National Health system doctors for their care and advice: those heroes dressed in green and white coats who cater 24/7 for their fellow people; all my friends, each and every one of them, for their endless love, thousands of messages (or even verses) and unselfish support.

“I also feel the obligation, in these critical times, to address a message inspired by experiencing this brief adventure of mine. It is worth staying at home to protect ourselves and our relatives. By staying at home, we shield ourselves and deny the virus intruding in our lives.

Stay home, stay united

“By staying at home, we defend our community, the many, public health and contain the virus spread. So there is no room for being careless or selfish. It is required to stay disciplined and fully in line with the Government and scientists.

“All this brought again to my mind the words of the great Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis who once said: “No stone, steel or iron can endure; man can”. Let us be disciplined and rest assure we shall endure. We shall be stronger individually and the UK will be stronger as a country. It’s solely up to us to remain healthy. May we all stay well, healthy and strong,” he concluded.

The Covid-19 outbreak has disrupted football activities with a number of players and coaches testing positive. Arteta and Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi all tested positive but have recovered.

Others such as Juventus duo Paulo Dybala and Daniele Rugani also contracted the disease but haven’t fully recuperated yet.

 

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