Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal Fc has tested positive for coronavirus, a statement from the club on Thursday, March 12, 2020, revealed.
Having tested positive for the disease, Arteta will now self-isolate in line with government health guidelines and it is expected Arsenal’s first-team squad, alongside the coaching staff will do the same.
A statement from Arsenal reads: “Our London Colney training center has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result on Friday, March 12, 2020.
“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines.”
On his part, Arteta commented on his diagnosis but was quick to note that he is looking to forward to returning to work as soon as possible.
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 12, 2020
Arteta said: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China, a pandemic.
“COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.
“We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus.”
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— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 11, 2020
He said the spread and severity of the deadly new coronavirus, which has infected more than 110,000 people and killed more than 4,000, is “alarming”.
“We’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction”, he added