Hibs keeper Ofir Marciano has opened up on the challenges the global health pandemic is presenting.
Scottish football has been suspended until April 30 as the Covid-19 pandemic causes critical health problems worldwide. Marciano is one of many players left in limbo over what the footballing future holds.
There are bigger issues at hand now though. In an interview with a publication in his native Israel, he’s opened up on the precautions he’s taken as the situation worsens.
“There has been a real change of attitude here and it’s heading for everything to be closed down,” said Marciano. “In Scotland, I think they have learned their mistakes quickly and are learning from Italy and Spain.
“At the moment, people are a little indifferent to it, but we have to stay in our houses because we don’t know how infectious it can be. We do not want to leave the house. We rarely go out and if we do, it’s only to the park. We don’t want to be too close to people.
“We are not meeting with friends or going out. We are following the advice issued by the Israeli Ministry of Health about life here. It’s very uncertain here. It’s something we have never faced, nothing is clear. We are waiting for developments and the economic side of this could be very heavy.”
Like many, Marciano will be uneasy over what lies ahead. This virus is spreading rapidly and we’re still months away in some cases from it even reaching its worse.
Globally, there have been over 250,000 cases diagnosed, with 883 and 3,983 confirmed cases in Marciano’s Israel and the UK respectively. Those numbers will only rise in the coming weeks and months.
Football will rightly be put to the side for now – but one begins to wonder when we’ll see it return.