By PARKER TAMBUA
PAPUA New Guinea Kumuls and Catalans Dragons centre David Mead and his young family have adapted to life in isolation as the coronavirus lockdown in France continues.
The former Bronco told The National on Friday that being confined with his wife Taneal and two children in their Perpignan home was a surreal experience.
“We have been in lockdown for nearly three weeks,” said the 31-year-old, who joined the French-based English Super League club in 2018 after eight years with Gold Coast and one with Brisbane in the National Rugby League.
“This means we can’t leave our home unless it’s for buying necessities or visiting the hospital.
“My family and I are doing well.
“The first three days of lockdown seemed pretty strange because we had never experienced anything like it.
“We are now used to it and looking forward to be able to leave the house to see our friends hopefully in the near future.”
Mead, who has recovered from a torn abductor tendon, said the Super League season had been suspended indefinitely as of March 17.
“We have been told that the season is still going ahead but we don’t know when,” he said.
“If the competition is cancelled, I will make a decision in the best interest of my family whether to return to Australia, PNG or stay in France.”
Meanwhile, the Tubusereia native has encouraged people in the country to be vigilant and adhere to the advice of the Government and relevant authorities in the wake of the pandemic.
“I would like to encourage our people to stay positive and calm, and listen to what the health experts recommend,” he said.
“It is a strange time for everyone so take good care of yourselves and each other.”
By PARKER TAMBUA