1. ITV Report

North west sports stars club together to get fans to stay at home

Manchester City and England Women captain Steph Horton Credit: MI News/NurPhoto/PA Images

Some of the north west's leading sports stars have teamed up with the NHS to issue a rallying cry for fans to play their part in showing coronavirus the red card by staying at home.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Steph Houghton, Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rochdale-born England women cricket captain Heather Knight have cast aside their rivalries to unite in supporting the NHS #StayHomeSaveLives social media campaign.

By lending the NHS their massive social media audiences, the stars hope to help reinforce the advice from medics and scientists for everyone, and particularly those at greatest risk, to stay at home.

This will slow the spread of coronavirus and therefore save more lives, and at the same time support health service staff in meeting the challenge they face from the global pandemic.

Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp has told fans football and matches "really aren’t important" as people deal with the virus.

The Liverpool manager, who had hoped to be lifting the Premier League trophy this week, said everyone should do what they can to protect one another.

In an interview with the club's website, he revealed players are working out remotely, with Liverpool's fitness and sports science teams running sessions online for the squad to take part in.

"We all have to be disciplined. We all have to work together. We all have to take care of each other and that’s the solution for this problem. That’s why we are at home, not all of us, a lot of people are out there working still, the health services. It’s incredible these people are doing their jobs to make sure that we can stay at home."

– Jürgen Klopp

The NHS says it is vital the public does its bit to help the NHS by staying at home as the nation enters a crucial stage in trying to manage the coronavirus.

The latest Government advice makes it clear that everybody should stay at home and:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands more regularly, and for 20 seconds

This week has seen the public rally behind the NHS with over 700,000 people signing up to volunteer to help the service.

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