Khabib Nurmagomedov has given a worrying update on his 57-year-old father Abdulmanap’s condition in hospital, while also taking aim at those who doubt the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“He’s in the hospital now, he’s in a very serious condition,” Nurmagomedov told fans during an Instagram Live Q&A. “He had heart complications stemming from the virus. This virus has very seriously affected his heart, since he had a heart operation a year ago,” Khabib said (h/t RT Sports). “He’s had surgery again. He’s in a difficult situation, very difficult. We ask Allah to return him to us. Thank you very much to everyone who writes, who sends their support. May Allah help us all.”
Nurmagomedov then understandably became frustrated when some people suggested that the current coronavirus situation was just a hoax.
“In my village more than 500 people fell ill with pneumonia at once,” Nurmagomedov responded. “11 died and dozens more people were in the hospital from my village. In a neighbouring village, 14 people died during the night and there wasn’t enough time to bury them.
“Sorry I’m not as smart as you.”
Nurmagomedov’s recent statements on the situation in Dagestan have shed new light on the real troubles happening in the region, leading to suspicions that the official numbers there were innacurate, with just 3,553 cases and 32 deaths having been reported by May 19th.
Since Nurmagomedov initially spoke out the head of Dhagestan’s Ministry Of Health, Dzhamaludin Gadzhiibragimov, has stated that the numbers are likely much higher, with 13,000 cases and 657 dead, with the discrepency being due to many instances being simply logged as pneumonia rather than covid-19 due to a lack of testing.