2014 FIFA World Cup Ghana star Emmanuel Agyemang Badu wants Ghanaians to handle the coronavirus with all seriousness in a bid to combat the global pandemic.
The deadly virus ‘has arrived’ in the West African country with all schools closed, borders shut down and a ban imposed on all public gathering.
Ghana’s numbers have been increasing since it recorded its first case of the virus with the country’s President Nana Akuffo Addo speaking twice in an emergency address to the 30 million nation.
And, Ghanaian midfielder Agyemang Badu who plies his trade in the worst hit European nation of Italy, has advised his countrymen to take serious steps to fight the disease.
“I think as Ghanaians we joke a lot with very serious issues. I have been reading on social media how people are circulating fake news and playing with it,” Badu said on Angel FM.
“This is how Italians started with it and now the whole country is at standstill.
“It is never true that coronavirus doesn’t infect black people. As I speak, two black footballers have contracted it in Italy. Myself, I have been placed under self-isolation because my club faced a club that’s got 8 players testing positive.
“If I need anything, you just have to put on club WhatsApp page so that club physio will buy for you.
“For one week now, I’m in the house alone and even the team physio who buys me groceries is not allowed to get in contact with me. He just places them at my doorstep and disappears. It is a very scary and sad situation here.”
As it Monday morning the COVID-19 has affected over 25,000 people in Italy with over 1000 deaths recorded.
A Ghanaian national has been reported dead from the virus in the Italy sparking fears among Ghanaian residence in the country.
Badu’s Hellas Verona teammates have been quarantined and are under observation as the players came into contact with Sampdoria players due a Serie A game.
Eight Sampdoria players have contracted the virus and are currently undergoing treatment.