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London | Djokovic speaks up

World No 1 Novak Djokovic, who is at home in Serbia, has added his voice on social media, urging people to pay attention to the threat posed by coronavirus around the world, and saying that ‘this is the time for all of us to get together and unite’.

Please stay at home in quarantine and help frontline medical people to help all the people infected and in need. By being at home we will not only hopefully help to slow the spread of the virus, but we will also give ourselves a chance to truly address certain emotions and subconscious programs that have been suppressed and ignored. Novak Djokovic

COVID-19 continues to infect thousands of lives across multiple countries and the complex nature of the virus remains a life-threatening and evolving issue for many, forcing people to stay at home in an effort to achieve social distancing.

“Please stay at home in quarantine and help frontline medical people to help all the people infected and in need,” Djokovic said.

“By being at home we will not only hopefully help to slow the spread of the virus, but we will also give ourselves a chance to truly address certain emotions and subconscious programs that have been suppressed and ignored.”

The World Health Organization emphasises the practice of social distancing to help slow the spread of the virus that has already claimed the lives of nearly 15,000 people worldwide, with almost 350,000 cases been reported.

Many countries have gone into full lockdown, while travel bans are currently in place for the majority.

Djokovic feels now is the time to spend quality time with family at home and to enjoy the little things in life.

“I am all about being productive and proactive but in harmony with peace and inner-standing of our true essence,” Djokovic writes.

“We can’t be healthy if our world isn’t healthy. This is the time for all of us to get together and unite.

“Let’s really try to spend quality time with our family at home, enjoy the little things in life. Let’s try to laugh, love and dedicate time to inner work.

“Pray, meditate, eat healthy, play music, sing, dance, read, write, workout, sleep well, train our brains to think good thoughts… This is a great opportunity to do that.

“I pray for the health and healing of you. May God heal any sickness you have physical, mental or spiritual. May he give you health, energy and joy today.”

Djojovic also shared a photo of medical workers with a hashtag #stayhome as a way to appreciate those who put themselves at risk for everyone’s safety.

“Very challenging times for everyone. I am sending support and prayers. Please stay at home in quarantine and help frontline medical people to help all the people infected and in need.

“Let’s not burden them in these critical times more than they already are. It’s all about perspective.

“We live in a fast-paced modern life. Constantly on the go. We rarely get to stop and contemplate our lives. We became addicted to this idea that we always need to be somewhere else and do something productive.

“By being at home we will not only hopefully help to slow the spread of this virus, but we will also give ourselves a chance to truly address certain emotions and subconscious programs that have been suppressed and ignored.

“We need to dig deep now and regenerate on every level of our beings.

“Only like that we will be able to raise our own vibration and help our Mother Earth heal quicker.

“We are all ONE. We all live in the same world.

“Please treat people and Nature like you would treat yourself. God Bless you all. We will be stronger and more united, I am sure.”


Jelena Dokic (R) interviews Donna Vekicat the Australian Open

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Elsewhere, in Australia, former Serbian Jelena Dokic has hit out at those indulging in panic buying at supermarkets.

The former World No 4, who is now an Australian citizen, has hit out at those who are hoarding, posting on her Instagram account: “This is absolutely terrible and not necessary and I am not sure if I am more angry or sad.

“As someone who has seen war and being a refugee more than once, as someone who has genuinely seen what it looks like when there is no food in stores not because people are over buying but because there is no food in the whole country, as someone who went hungry many days and nights, as someone who had no money to buy food and as someone who stood in lines for hours at a time at 4 am in freezing cold as a kid to be able to get a small piece of bread and had no electricity and heating when it was -20 outside, trust me what we are doing now is not necessary.

“In fact it is inconsiderate, greedy, rude and disgusting.

“We are in tough and unprecedented times but there is more than enough food and supplies to go around for years to come and we have enough to feed everyone.

“This panic buying is just hoarding and all of those people that bought so much food and don’t even get me started on the toilet paper, bought more than enough for months and even years. It’s a joke.

“With that all of those people showed just how greedy they are and unkind.

“Instead of being so selfish some of those people should be checking on the elderly and people with disabilities and helping them buy food and whatever else they need because they all missed out and they are doing it tough right now and are the most vulnerable.

“Let’s stop being selfish and let’s unite and stand together to get through this.

“We will get through this but in the meantime let’s help the ones that need help and instead of making the news for fighting with each other in the supermarkets, let’s make the news for helping the vulnerable and uniting together.

“Be kind to one another and stay strong, healthy and safe everyone.”





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