Former Arsenal and Chelsea hero Cesc Fabregas slams Boris Johnson’s lockdown plan

Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas is not impressed with the UK’s response to coronavirus (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has blasted Boris Johnson’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, believing the current lockdown is too little and too late.

It was announced by the Prime Minister on Monday evening that Britons could no longer leave the house unless it is for essential work, shopping, one form of exercise-per-day or medical need, for at least the next three weeks,

While these may seem like extreme measures to some, Fabregas, 32, does not think Johnson has gone far enough, and he should have reached this point a lot sooner.

Fabregas, who currently plays for Monaco, responded to a post from Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Instagram, which read: ‘We’re in lockdown or whatever you want to call it. Much needed. Vital in fact. Stay indoors and stay safe everyone.’

The Spaniard replied: ‘Two weeks too late and on top of that… Open parks, shopping, exercise allowed, walks…’

Fabregas’ home country imposed a stricter lockdown on 15 March, which did not allow people outside for exercise.

The Spanish government are now looking to extend that lockdown until 11 April, at least, as the death toll rose to over 1,700, with Spain the second hardest hit European country after Italy.

Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s prime minister, warned that worse is to come, speaking on Saturday: ‘We have yet to receive the impact of the strongest, most damaging wave, which will test our material and moral capacities to the limit, as well as our spirit as a society.’

On extending the lockdown, Sanchez said: ‘I know it is a drastic measure…but experts agree that it is an effective measure in the fight against coronavirus

‘We hope that with this measure, which is so drastic, so dramatic, so hard, which without a doubt has consequences on our families, we can bend the (growth) curb of coronavirus.’

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