A post was released in social media, with claims of Cristiano Ronaldo hotels to be transformed into treatment centers for the coronavirus has been proved to be fake, even with the fact of over tens of thousands of shares.
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The Pestana CR7 Hotel with the Pestana Hotel Group is located at Lisbon and Funchal respectively is co-owned by the Juventus and Portugal football player.
Adriano Del Monte a sports presenter initially made a claim suggesting that Ronaldo would accommodate the coronavirus victims in his hotels. Also paying salaries to medical staff looking after them. This tweet was retweeted over 1700 times and shared by other social media accounts.
The Tweet read
“Next week the Cristiano Ronaldo hotels @PestanaCR7 will be transformed into hospitals. Where infected patients in Portugal get treated freely. Medical Staff will be paid by him. #COVID19. What a man”
Different accounts even in Portuguese, English, French, and Russian repeated the report. The story went viral without a statement from the hotel group or Cristiano Ronaldo himself.
The news is now proven to be false. The Pestana Hotel spokesperson confirmed to AFC the real Fact. “The news is false. We did get any information or indication concerning this”.
When informed directly by Dutch outlet RTL Nieuws, the branch in Lisbon said: “We are a hotel. We are not be transformed into any hospital. We will remain like others in a hotel.
Converting a hotel to a hospital with the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak will be against the advice being shared by the World Health Organization. With the fact of locating several infected people in a place that is not isolated. The hotels might not have the requirement and equipment to treat patients.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in self-isolation in his home town in Madeira after his teammate in Juventus Daniele Rugani tested positive. He also posted on Saturday on Instagram, encouraging people to adhere to the medical advice given to them.
“The world is facing one of its difficult time and it requires all of us to be very careful and attentive.
“Today I speak to you all not as a soccer player. But as a father, son and human being disturbed with the current developments that are disturbing the whole world.
“It is very important and necessary to adhere to the advice given to us by the WHO (World Health Organisation). On how we can handle and contain the current situation.
“Protecting human life should be the major priority coming before any other thing. I would love to share my condolences to everyone who lost a close one in this situation. My solidarity to all those still fighting the coronavirus, like my Daniele Rugani my teammate. And my continued assistance to all amazing heath professionals risking their lives to save others.