Coronavirus: Portsmouth fan Mason Mount spotted playing football with West Ham's Declan Rice while he is supposed to be self-isolating

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FORMER Fratton Park season ticket holder Mason Mount will be reminded of his responsibilities after he was spotted breaking his self-isolation at the weekend.

The Portsmouth-born Chelsea star and England international was spotted playing football with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice at a centre in London on Sunday.

It comes after Chelsea revealed in the early hours of Friday that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for coronavirus.

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As a result, the full men's squad, coaching staff and a number of the backroom team were forced to self-isolate in line with government health guidelines.

Mason Mount. Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesMason Mount. Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Mason Mount. Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images | Getty Images

Mount, 21, who went to Purbrook Park school in Waterlooville, broke those self-isolation guidelines when he met up with Rice and will be reminded of his responsibilities by the Blues.

The Premier League is currently suspended until April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: the facts

What is coronavirus?

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COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can affect lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What caused coronavirus?

The outbreak started in Wuhan in China in December 2019 and it is thought that the virus, like others of its kind, has come from animals.

How is it spread?

As this is such a new illness, experts still aren’t sure how it is spread. But similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. Therefore covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and disposing of used tissues straight away is advised. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.

What are the symptoms?

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The NHS states that the symptoms are: a dry cough, high temperature and shortness of breath - but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. Look out for flu-like symptoms, such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose and a sore throat. It’s important to remember that some people may become infected but won’t develop any symptoms or feel unwell.

What precautions can be taken?

Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly. The NHS also advises to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; put used tissues in the bin immediately and try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. Also avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth unless your hands are clean.

Sources: World Health Organisation and NHS

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