Australian singer Peter Andre has spoken out after a sign warning people against touching the star at a recent gig due to the coronavirus outbreak went viral online.
Twitter user @MrJoeGooch took to his account to upload a screenshot of the poster, which is said to have been plastered on the walls at Andre’s Southampton concert in the UK.
“Due to the recent cases of the coronavirus, please do not have any physical contact with Peter Andre,” the sign started.
“Please do not take any selfies with Peter Andre. Apologies for any inconvenience. Thank You.”
However, once Peter Andre got wind of the poster circulating online, he took to his Instagram account to shoot down any rumours he had anything to do with it.
“Ok this must be a wind up because I hugged everyone I met,” he wrote online.
“People were saying to me that they had been told not to touch me and that there were signs. I thought they were joking. Brilliant. I am now officially a diva without being a diva . On a serious note though don’t touch me.”
People took to the comments to post their thoughts on the poster, with one person writing: “That’s actually so funny. I mean on the bright side, if people were told that, obviously they think you’re worth the risk.”
“You should actually do this. This virus is getting serious,” another person said.
It comes as deaths from the Coronavirus or Covid-19 have surpassed 3000, with 62 countries currently reporting cases of the infection.
According to the World Health Organisation, one of the best ways to avoid contracting the virus is to maintain a social distance of at least three feet between yourself and a person who is coughing or sneezing.
You should also avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes and make sure you’re vigilant with washing your hands with soap and water.
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