China alerts for the outbreak of Covid that it suffers in its country, with a sharp jump in the number of infections in recent weeks.  Photo: AFP

The Brazilian star uploaded a video to his social networks and said that he has five days of rest at the hotel where he is staying.

Former Brazilian striker Ronaldo Luís Nazario de Lima contracted Covid and was unable to see the match that the five-time world champion is playing against Serbia this Thursday, in his debut at the Qatar 2022 World Cup for the first date of Group G.

“After having had symptoms of the disease since Wednesday night, the diagnosis was confirmed. and I will have to remain locked in my room for the next five days,” Ronaldo explained in a message posted on social media.

“I’m fine and I’ll join the ‘crooked’ from here,” promised the two-time world champion (in the United States 94 and Korea-Japan 2002) and winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1997 and 2002.

Ronaldo, what With 15 celebrations, he is the second all-time scorer in the history of the World Cup. (just one away from the German Miroslav Klose), he will remain in the hotel room where he is staying in Doha without being able to attend the premiere of Tite’s “canarinha”.

A special guest of FIFA in this World Cup, the former Brazilian goalscorer was present in the opening match that Ecuador beat host Qatar 2-0 on Sunday, but would miss Brazil’s second match against Switzerland on Monday in the Group G that completes Cameroon.

The 46-year-old former soccer player is currently an important businessman, owner of the Valladolid club in Spain and Cruzeiro in Brazil.

China on alert

Chinese netizens react with frustration at seeing the fans of the World Cup in Qatar with hardly any masks while their country responds to large outbreaks with harsh restrictions that put the patience of the population to the limit.

Cities such as Chongqing (center), Canton (southeast) or the capital Beijing have recently applied containment measures to try to curb infection figures that exceeded 30,000 this Wednesday, a maximum not seen since last April.

The restrictions have tested the patience of a citizenry that had supported the majority of the ‘zero covid’ policy in these almost three years, when only a small minority of inhabitants in places affected by sporadic outbreaks suffered the worst restrictions and the vast majority of the population led a relatively normal life.




China alerts for the outbreak of Covid that it suffers in its country, with a sharp jump in the number of infections in recent weeks. Photo: AFP

However, the current outbreaks have already spread through the provinces, just when millions of Chinese tune in to the World Cup in Qatar to see people without masks in the stadiums: “Are we living in parallel universes?” and similar variants are one of the most common comments on the Weibo social network.

“Aren’t there children and the elderly in Qatar?” another commentator ironized, referring to users who advocate maintaining the ‘zero covid’ policy and who often accuse those who support relaxing restrictions of not worrying about the fate of the weakest.

Urban residents in China have been undergoing several weekly PCR tests since last spring, necessary to access public places such as supermarkets, parks or shops and subject to the possibility of being taken to a place of quarantine at any time in case of contracting the virus. virus or being a close contact of an infected person, an increasingly probable extreme as the coronavirus spreads.

“Wake up. I see on television people in the stadium without masks and screaming at the top of their lungs and I can’t even leave the house,” lamented one user.

However, there are also many defenders of the containment guideline, one of whom warns: “Don’t be fooled. What you see in the World Cup are people with money who can afford the expenses in case of falling ill. In addition, in the abroad the most vulnerable have already died, something that China has avoided”.

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