Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola donates 1m euros to fight coronavirus
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has donated 1m euros to fight the coronavirus outbreak in Spain.
Guardiola, who is at his home in Barcelona, has been working with his lawyers over the past few days to work out the best way of using the money.
This will go to a donation campaign being promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.
Spaniard Guardiola, a former manager of Barcelona, has made his donation to the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.
“Pep Guardiola has made a donation of one million euros to the Fundacio Angel Soler Daniel for the acquisition and supply of health equipment to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic,” the Foundation said in a statement.
“The fundraising campaign led by the Official College of Doctors of Barcelona and managed through the Foundation, is aimed at obtaining cash donations from doctors who are members of the college and the general population to buy health equipment which is currently lacking in hospitals in Catalonia.
“It will also help to finance the alternative 3D production of respirator masks and other protective items for health workers.”
Spain is one of the worst affected countries in Europe.
Official figures show that 2,696 people have now died in the country and close to 40,000 are infected.
The money will be used to help purchase medical equipment and protective material for the hospital staff involved in treating those admitted to hospital.
The Catalan region is one of the areas in Spain which has the most concentrated number of cases.
Pep’s generous donation has given a massive boost to the campaign, which had managed to raise £30,000 before he dug deep into his pockets.
Earlier today it emerged Cristiano Ronaldo and his super-agent Jorge Mendes were financing extra intensive care facilities at hospitals fighting coronavirus in Lisbon and Porto.
On Monday Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was pictured helping to deliver food to the elderly stuck indoors because of coronavirus.
The 57-year-old dad-of-two helped out Age UK and Love Your Doorstep in Enfield, North London.
Fellow volunteers took photos with him as he wore a face mask and gloves to pack a bag for delivery.
Earlier on Tuesday it emerged the number of coronavirus deaths in Spain had leapt by a record 514 in the last 24 hours to take the total since the start of the crisis to 2,694.
Barcelona is one of Spain’s worst-affected areas along with Madrid and the Basque Country.
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