Rudy Gobert, a Utah Jazz player for the National Basketball Association (NBA), has released a statement after being tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19.
It can be remembered that just two days before his diagnosis, he made light of the situation during a press conference by playfully touching all the mics and recorders before leaving.
Rudy Gobert thought it was funny to touch every single mic and recorder in the media room.
Now, he has Coronavirus and the entire NBA season is suspendedpic.twitter.com/A22U5AgmBi
— Sports ReUp (@SportsReUp) March 12, 2020
Following the test’s results, the NBA announced that it was postponing the game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena right before tip-off. Shortly, the association completely suspended the season.
In an Instagram post, Rudy said, “I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse.”
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He added, “I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as a way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus. I am under great care and will fully recover.”
Rudy went on to thank everyone for their support and encouraged them to take all the steps to stay safe and healthy.
His teammate, Donovan Mitchell, has also tested positive for COVID-19. He has also released a statement on Instagram, saying that he is “going to keep following the advice of our medical staff.”
COVID-19 in the Philippines and around the world
Last night, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the highest alert level of Code Red Sublevel 2. He also declared a community quarantine for Metro Manila, which bars “land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from” the capital from March 15 to April 14, 2020. Classes across all levels have also been suspended until April 12.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 52. The department also announced that five of the cases passed away.
As of posting, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 125,288 cases of COVID-19 with 4,614 deaths in 118 countries. However, it is important to note that recoveries are rising. John Hopkins University has declared 66,000 recoveries. China, which has the highest numbers of cases, reported 40 new cases on March 10, a stark contrast from 4,000 cases per day at some points in February. South Korea noticed a downward trend in new cases, while Macau discharged its last recovered patient on March 6.
Note from the editor: WASH YOUR HANDS. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR MOUTH, EYES, NOSE. ISOLATE YOURSELF.
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