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Coronavirus: Valencia's Gaya sends encouraging message after testing positive for COVID-19

  • Spaniard Jose Gaya used Instagram to provide an update on his health amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Modified 16 Mar 2020, 09:28 IST
Valencia full-back Jose Gaya

Jose Gaya revealed he contracted coronavirus but the Valencia full-back called on Spain's population to think about the elderly and not collapse the healthcare system in an encouraging social media message.

On Sunday, LaLiga side Valencia confirmed five cases of COVID-19 among the first-team players and staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ezequiel Garay was the first LaLiga player to confirm a positive test before Valencia team-mate Eliaquim Mangala followed suit, and Gaya also announced his diagnosis on Sunday.

"I have tested positive for the coronavirus," the 24-year-old Spaniard wrote on Instagram. "I am isolated in my house and totally asymptomatic.

"Therefore, I want to take advantage of this social network so that we do not collapse our healthcare. Now it's the elderly people who need it the most, and it's the serious cases that need to be taken care of by our health heroes.


Ante las últimas noticias aparecidas en los medios de información, confirmó que he dado positivo en el test del coronavirus. Me encuentro aislado en mi casa y totalmente asintomático. Por eso, quiero aprovechar esta red social para que no colapsemos nuestra Sanidad. Ahora, son nuestros mayores los que más la necesitan y son los casos graves los que tienen que ser atendidos por nuestros héroes de la Sanidad. Desde aquí dar las gracias a todos los miembros de la Sanidad española (personal de limpieza, celadores, auxiliares, enfermeros, médicos, personal de ambulancias y personal de laboratorios). Tampoco quiero olvidarme de las todas las fuerzas de seguridad y de toda la gente que está haciendo posible que en estos momentos no nos falte de nada. Ellos son los verdaderos héroes de esta pandemia. Entre todos y junto a ellos saldremos victoriosos.

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"I want to thank all members of the Spanish health service - cleaning staff, guards, nurses, doctors, ambulance and laboratory personnel.

"I also can't forget the security forces and all the people making it possible for us to be lacking nothing right now.

"They're the true heroes of this pandemic. Together we will be victorious."


With Spain in lockdown, LaLiga has been postponed for at least the next two rounds of fixtures.

Spain has reported at least 7,800 COVID-19 cases, with more than 290 deaths.

Globally, the death toll has risen to over 6,500 from almost 170,000 cases.

Published 16 Mar 2020, 09:28 IST
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