Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger has labelled those breaking the Coronavirus quarantine as ‘ignorant (and) selfish’.

The United Kingdom went into a state of lockdown earlier this week, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing strict new rules in an attempt to curd the spread of Covid-19.

The new rules mean anyone other than those designated as ‘key workers’ cannot travel outside of their homes unless it’s to buy shopping, medication or tend to someone elderly or vulnerable.

Some have elected to ignore these new rules, though, with images continuing to show people basking in the sunshine in parks and beaches across the country, clearly ignoring the social distancing rules.

Rüdiger is one who has not been impressed by what he has seen, the Chelsea defender hitting out at those who are flouting the rules.

“There are apparently very many, too many people who do not understand that they may not be personally more at risk, but very well may be to people around them,” he told Kicker.

“And then handle it lightly. It’s just selfish. However, all media also have an extremely important role here.

“They have to hit the fine line and educate so that nobody takes it lightly, but at the same time, they must not cause panic. It’s not easy, but extremely crucial in this situation.

“Those who are selfish in these days of crisis and who only think of themselves act above all disrespectfully towards their fellow human beings.”

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The outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent periods of isolation across Europe has caused plenty of people to take stock of their lives.

This has been sorely felt in terms of the lockdown, with many now realising that the things they consider as basic are luxuries for others.

There is hope that when the situation calms, there will be a tonal shift in society and the Chelsea defender is one who is hoping that will happen.

“Of course there is also some hope that something will improve humanly,” he added.

“That people in Europe will be more grateful for the privileges that they normally have in leading a complaint-free, public life.

“I have roots in Sierra Leone, have already been there and therefore know very well how well we are doing here. There are people there who struggle to survive every day.

“These are real problems. I hope that after the Corona crisis, everyone will appreciate their lives again.”