Super Eagles of Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa has dismissed reports he tested positive for the dreaded Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), saying it is "fake news".
Allnews reports that the 27-year-old recently returned to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia, where he currently plays for Al-Nassr.
Upon arriving back in Nigeria, Musa confirmed his intention to self-isolate, with some media taking that as a sign he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Musa took an exception to such an assumption, however, and declared he and his family are perfectly healthy and people should be wary of false news surrounding the virus.
Pls ignore any false news about me or ?? ?????? testing positive to Covid 19.We are self isolating for 14 days as we just got in from Saudi Arabia as the law stipulates. Stay safe! Maintain social distance. AVOID FAKE NEWS! ? pic.twitter.com/SjzjmNWcOy
— AhmedMusa718 (@Ahmedmusa718) April 22, 2020
"It has come to my notice that certain individuals have decided to post false news about me testing positive to COVID-19," Musa wrote on his known social media handle on Wednesday.
"This is a pandemic taking peoples lives in thousands so it is sad that some people want to use this to gain followers or views on their pages by spreading falsehood.
"My family and I came in from Saudi Arabia and decided to follow the government's rule of isolation for 14 days, not because any of us have the virus. We are perfectly okay and have not tested positive to the virus.
"Please don't fall for the malicious messages circulating about me or my family. Stay safe, maintain social distancing."
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As of 23 April 2020, more than 2.62 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 185 countries and territories, resulting in more than 183,000 deaths. More than 784,000 people have recovered, although there may be a possibility of relapse or reinfection.