On Wednesday evening, Conor McGregor announced that he would donate 1 million euros to Irish hospitals. With his donation, the MMA fighter wants to contribute to the fight against the corona virus.
“Today I donate EUR 1 million for protective materials to all hospitals in the Leinster region. The Irish region most affected,” McGregor wrote on Twitter.
The Irish cage fighter praised a number of hospitals in the region. “St. James’s, Mater, Tallaght, Beaumont and St. Vincent’s are doing a great job. Where would the world be without all those brave men and women? God be with you and keep you safe and healthy.”
A day earlier, McGregor had called for a complete lockdown in Ireland to prevent further spread of the virus. Ireland has about 1,500 infections with the COVID-19 virus and nine fatalities.
UFC negative in the news during the corona crisis
McGregor, 31, is the best known and richest Irish sportsman. He has an estimated wealth of over 100 million euros. He made a successful comeback in January after more than a year’s absence from the UFC.
The UFC was mainly in the news in the United States. Director Dana White wanted events to continue as much as possible. Three Fight Nights were canceled by the American government.
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The coronavirus in short
- The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
- You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
- An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
- The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
- Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
- Read here what precautions you should take.