ARSENAL star Mesut Ozil has thanked doctors, nurses and scientists across the world for their ongoing efforts in fighting coronavirus.
The German World Cup Winner also declared that football "does not matter right now" after the Premier League suspended all games until April 3 to contain the spread of the deadly bug.
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Arsenal have been particularly affected by the contagious illness, with manager Mikel Arteta confirming that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
As a result, the club's players and staff have subsequently gone into self-isolation and Ozil became the first player to publicly address the situation as he urged supporters to take care.
He tweeted: "Football does not matter right now. The health and wellbeing of everyone is far more important than everything else.
"Guys, take all the precautions you can – be mindful and considerate of everyone, especially those who are at high risk."
And in a follow-up post, he added: "As we go through this global issue, we should not forget to say thank you to all doctors, nurses and scientists etc worldwide, who are helping to keep this virus from spreading.
"They are under high pressure in the upcoming weeks & deserve our respect and gratitude."
We should not forget to say thank you to all doctors, nurses and scientists etc worldwide, who are helping to keep this virus from spreading
Chelsea are also in quarantine after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus, that has caused chaos across the world of sport.
Next week's Champions League and Europa League games have been suspended, with Uefa now considering putting Euro 2020 back a year.
Leagues in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Holland and many more have been suspended, with this season's Bundesliga to potentially be scrapped.
Coronavirus has officially been declared a pandemic by the World health Organisation, and countries are banning large gathering to avoid the spread.
In America, the MLS, NBA, NHL have all been postponed, while the start of the new MLB campaign has been delayed.
The Formula One World Championship has also been delayed, with the Australian, Chinese, Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix's all scrapped.
And tomorrow's Six Nations encounter between Wales and Scotland has finally been cancelled following huge pressure to call off Saturday's Doddie Weir Cup clash.
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