NBA star who touched every mic apologises after testing positive for coronavirus
Rudy Gobert, the first NBA star to test positive for coronavirus, faced backlash after jokingly touching every microphone and recorder in front of him as he was leaving a media event on Monday, March 9th.
And now Gobert has issued an apology on Instagram to the people he "may have endangered":
"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 apologise 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. 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. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love."
Following the Utah Jazz player's diagnosis, the NBA has confirmed that all matches will be suspended from Thursday until further notice.Related - this is the moment 103-year-old Zhang Guangfen, the oldest patient to be cured of coronavirus, left hospital:
In a report from the World Health Organization on Wednesday (11 March), they declared that the COVID-19 outbreak is now being officially recognized as a pandemic:
"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death."
At the time of writing (March 13), there have been 132,567 cases of coronavirus and 4,947 deaths from the disease worldwide.