A local Kenyan paper has been busted for publishing a fake news story on footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to the news item on the front page of the Standard newspaper, Juventus player Ronaldo had converted his hotels in his home country of Portugal into hospitals in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
This has since been established as fake news. However, staff at Ronaldo’s hotel in Lisbon, have said that they are not aware of any plans to transform its use on a temporary basis to treat those infected with the virus.
“We are a hotel. We are not going to be a hospital. It is a day like everyone else, we are and will remain a hotel. We are being phoned by the press. I wish you a nice day,” said the hotel according to various publications.
The Portuguese superstar Ronaldo has been in quarantine in Madeira, Portugal after it came to light that one of his Juventus teammates Daniele Rugani tested positive for the virus.
The 35-year-old was quick to send a message of support to fans amid the chaos.”The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us,” Ronaldo wrote in a post on social media.
“I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world.
“It is important we all follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation. Protecting human life must come above any other interests.
The fake news story originated from a Spanish publication called Marca which claimed that Ronaldo was ready to have one of his two hotels called Pestana turned into hospitals to help combat the pandemic.
More than 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Portugal so far.