The legendary soccer player Cesc Fàbregas Soler made a video message, which he posted on social media, urging the Lebanese in Lebanon to stay at home, for it’s the only way to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
He opened up speaking in the Lebanese language, “Marhaba, this is Cesc Fabregas, in time of the coronavirus” and he continues in English, “I want to ask all the Lebanese people to stay at home because it is the only way to stop this virus from killing people.”
He then concluded in Lebanese: “Stay at home, and… eat shawarma,” he added with a hint of humor, giving a thumb up.
Fabregas is a former Arsenal and Chelsea star, and is known to be one of the toughest opponents in the field.
Labeled “the legend”, he currently plays for the French club AS Monaco FC (#4/Midfielder), and Catalonia national football team (#10/Midfielder).
That, among other irresponsible behaviors, has brought a new slang to be used in Lebanon: Covidiot.
And yet, the daily updates on the coronavirus affected cases are increasing in Lebanon, exceeding now the 200.
That’s all caused by transmission, and Lebanon is now at the dangerous level of spread, as announced by the health minister.
There is no wonder that the circulating images and videos of highly risky gatherings have urged celebrities like Massari from Canada and Cesc from Monaco, as well as a Lebanese-Italian doctor from Italy, to call out the Lebanese people to take this matter with utmost seriousness.
Because many are not, and it is scary.
Cesc is staying with his family under quarantine and regularly encourages his fans to do the same. His tweet on Saturday urges people to “be safe and be responsible” and points out at the positive sides of quarantine: Spending quality time with the family.
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