By PARKER TAMBUA
PAPUA New Guinea and Leeds forward Wellington Albert and his young family are in self-solation as they look to ride out the global coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom.
The 25-year-old told The National from Yorkshire that his wife and son, who arrived in the UK in January, were safe amid the indefinite suspension of the English Super League season.
Albert said he was worried about what impact the virus may have on PNG.
“Unlike the developed country, we don’t have enough resources to avoid or contain the pandemic but we should not be panic,” the Kumul said.
“Let’s be serious in avoiding the virus and follow the advice of the Government, health experts and relevant authorities.
“The safest place to be is to stay is indoors with your immediate family. Wash your hands regularly and avoid gatherings.”
Albert said he was keep himself occupied with his family amid the suspension of training sessions and shutdown of club facilities.
He said he wasn’t sure when the Super League and other second-tier competitions would resume.
“I’m here with my wife and son who’ve just joined me in January and we are all safe,” he said.
“We are communicating with our families back home from time to time.”
The former SP Hunter said he was also in regular contact with Kumuls captain and Rhinos teammate Rhyse Martin.
“Due to the lockdown and social distancing, I only communicate with Rhyse over the phone and he is doing fine. I hope things get better and the competition resumes,” Albert said.
Meanwhile, according to reports, the British government admitted over the weekend that the national lockdown could last for six months.
By PARKER TAMBUA