Former goalkeeper Rüstü Reçber is infected with the corona virus. The Turkish record international has been showing symptoms in recent days and has been hospitalized.
"Everything went well until he suddenly developed symptoms. Then it went wrong," his wife Isil Reçber said on Instagram on Saturday. "These are difficult times and we are still in shock."
Rüstü's wife and two children were also tested and did not have the COVID-19 virus among its members. "We are not allowed to visit Rüstü in the hospital now. That is the most difficult part," continues Isil Reçber. "But God is great and we entrust him to Turkish doctors."
The 46-year-old Rüstü played 120 international matches for Turkey and reached the semi-finals of the World Cup with his country in 2002, in which Brazil (1-0) was too strong. In 2012, he finished his career with Besiktas, having previously defended the goal of Fenerbahce and FC Barcelona, among others.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim was infected with the coronavirus. The 66-year-old trainer was the first in the Turkish football world to test positive.
In Turkey, 7,402 people have (had) the virus among its members. Of these, 108 died.
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The coronavirus in short
- The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
- You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
- An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
- The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
- Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
- Read here what precautions you should take.