Portsmouth’s Sean Raggett has revealed that he has tested positive for the new novel coronavirus.
The player on loan from Norwich becomes the fourth man in English football – that we know of – to have contracted the Covid-19 virus.
Mikel Arteta, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Charlie Austin have been the three others to have had their positive tests made public.
But Raggett’s case is unique. That’s because the Pompey player has revealed that he discovered his positive diagnosis while eating a meal in the pub.
Raggett – who has had no symptoms – immediately left the establishment after hearing the news from the club’s medical team and he is now calling on everyone in the UK to self-isolate, as many will not know they’re spreading the virus.
He told The Sun: “I was mortified. We all got tested on Tuesday at the training ground and I couldn’t believe I had come up positive because I haven’t had any symptoms whatsoever.
“My first concern was not to infect anyone I was with or any of the public in the vicinity because there were at least 25 people in there at the time. So I left straight away.
“I am seriously mortified by the thought of passing this on to anyone. I was sitting with just two friends and I didn’t really get into close contact with anyone else.
“But as a precaution if anyone was in there that evening, they should self-isolate.
“If I had any idea I had the infection then of course I would never have gone in there in the first place.
“I didn’t watch or hear the Prime Minister’s briefing so I had no idea pubs had been told to close.
“I was getting ready for the weekend and then driving up. I only went there to eat with two friends. I was there for about an hour.”
Raggett is now pleading with the public to listen to the government’s advice and avoid all unnecessary contact with others for the foreseeable future.
“My advice to everyone is just be wary of who you are around and stay safe,” Raggett added. “Don’t go and visit people who are elderly or vulnerable, regardless if you have symptoms or not.
“Quite clearly, as shown with me, you can still be carrying it and if you pass it on to someone else it can be very dangerous.”
Make sure you’re enforcing social distancing properly and we will get through this together!
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