The Coronavirus that originated from Wuhan a city in China has ravaged the activities of humans, the Sporting world is not excluded, this has led to the suspension and postponement of sporting activities all over the world.
Thursday was one of the most miserable days in Italy’s battle against Covid-19 as the death toll rose to 3,405, overtaking China as the highest number of fatalities from the disease in one country.
A series of campaigns by clubs, players, fans and club owners to help fight back against a crisis being felt in Italy.
Roma has so far delivered 8,000 pairs of protective gloves and 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to churches around the capital, where they will be redistributed to those most in need, while Inter Milan donated 300,000 face masks to the public health department.
Crowdfunding campaigns have been set up by Inter Milan, Lazio, Roma, Fiorentina, and Juventus have so far raised over €420,000. Healthy individuals have also been advised to donate blood to victims of the Covid-19 in Italy.
Club players have also been at the Vanguard of the fundraising charge. Milan’s striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday launched the “Kick the Virus Away” campaign, with the hope of raising €1,000,000 to fight the Infectious disease.
Torino striker Simone Zaza, Napoli Captain, Lorenzo Insigne, Andrea Petagna of SPAL and Juve Winger Fedrico Bernadeschi have cumulatively raised more than £430,000.
Former President of Milan, Silvio Berlusconi contributed the largest amount after he made a donation of €10 million to the most affected region in Italy, Lombardy. This is to help build a 400-bed intensive care unit for infected persons.
Clubs were not left out of the philanthropist gesture as the Ageneli Family, owners of juventus and Fiat Chrysler Group, Supported the campaign by donating €10 million.
A report released by the World Health Organization as of Thursday 19th March 2020 shows that over 209,000 confirmed cases and an estimated 87,000 Deaths have been recorded globally.
So far the number of positive confirmed cases among Serie A players is 13 with French and Juventus Midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Matti Zaccagani of Hellas Verona being the most recent cases.