Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has slammed the “totally irresponsible and selfish” behaviour of those carrying on as normal during the coronavirus pandemic and pleaded with people to act appropriately.
Nearly 15,000 have died around the world because of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has led to several countries enforcing strict lock-down requirements.
However, over the weekend images emerged of UK residents ignoring advice not to socialise, which health secretary Matt Hancock admitted on Monday morning was “unfair” and said the government will “do what it takes” to contain the virus.
Six-time F1 champion Hamilton shared two messages on social media early on Monday, urging people to consider their actions and criticising those shunning official advice.
“I’m so sad to hear of the amount of deaths happening around the world,” Hamilton wrote.
“I know most of us are limited with the knowledge of why and how this has happened.
“There is nothing we can do about it either way except try to isolate ourselves, stop ourselves from catching it and spreading it.
“There are people out there still going to clubs and bars and large gatherings, which I personally feel is totally irresponsible and selfish.
“I’m praying for my family’s safety each day but I’m also praying for you out there.
“I’m praying for those working at the local stores, deliveries, doctors and nurses who put their own health at risk to help others and keep the countries running.
“Those are the heroes. Please stay safe people.”
Like other major sports, F1 has been badly affected by the pandemic.
Hamilton had expressed his shock in the build-up to the cancelled Australian Grand Prix that the race was going ahead amid the pandemic.
He has since taken to social media to give advice and also address speculation about his own health, having attended an event at the start of March with VIPs who have since been diagnosed with the virus.
“If you can, try and take this time to assess your life and situation and how you might want to change things for the better moving forwards,” Hamilton added on Monday.
“Hopefully through this people will realise even more how health is priceless, how you treat yourself and what you put in your body is so important, and also hygiene.
“We take this life for granted. I hope we don’t moving forwards.”