Nottingham Forest owner receives results of second Coronavirus test – and sends out message

NOTTINGHAM Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has confirmed his second test for Coronavirus has come back negative and urged people to "stay at home to protect ourselves and our relatives".

Marinakos has been in self-isolation and communicating with doctors from the Greek health service since testing positive for the virus days after Forest hosted Millwall at the City Ground on March 6.

All of Millwall's directors, coaching staff and squad were subsequently tested with results coming back negative.



Marinakis has now recovered from the the Covid-19 virus.

"After two weeks in full compliance with my doctors' instructions, I underwent my second medical test, as suggested by the relevant protocol, which turned out negative," he said in a statement on Tuesday on Forest's official website. "I stayed at home, I communicated with many of my friends and relatives, I read a lot, I watched TV for many hours, I listened to music and spent numerous hours surfing on the web; all these helped me realise what is going on in the rest of the world and see once again how fragile our planet is.

"I need to extend my thanks to the Greek National Health system doctors for their care and advice: those heroes dressed in green and white coats who cater 24/7 for their fellow people; all my friends, each and every one of them, for their endless love, thousands of messages (or even verses) and unselfish support.



"I also feel the obligation, in these critical times, to address a message inspired by experiencing this brief adventure of mine. It is worth staying at home to protect ourselves and our relatives. By staying at home, we shield ourselves and deny the virus intruding in our lives. By staying at home, we defend our community, the many, public health and contain the virus spread. So there is no room for being careless or selfish. It is required to stay disciplined and fully in line with the Government and scientists.

"All this brought again to my mind the words of the great Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis who once said: 'No stone, steel or iron can endure; man can.' Let us be disciplined and rest assure we shall endure. We shall be stronger individually and the UK will be stronger as a country. It's solely up to us to remain healthy. May we all stay well, healthy and strong."

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)