The veteran centre-back believes more needs to be performed in his homeland to halt the spread of Covid-19 after he returned from France.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has confessed that he’s”scared” of the effect that the coronavirus outbreak will have after returning to his native Brazil.

The Selecao centre-back flew back to his homeland earlier this week and is now in quarantine as the global pandemic continues to cause disruption to lives throughout the planet.

And while praising the swift actions of French president Emmanuel Macron in addressing the many problems arising from the Covid-19 outbreak, the 35-year-old called on his compatriots in Brazil to take responsibility and attempt to block the spread of this disease.

“I came yesterday (Wednesday) after a rather quiet flight. Here (in Rio de Janeiro), I’m in quarantine. It’s a situation that’s not simple but the human being has a remarkable capacity for adaptation,” Thiago Silva informed SporTV.

“How will I keep myself in shape? It is going to be as complex in Paris as it’s here. In Paris, the training centers have closed, the club also. And in Brazil, they just made the exact decisions. We’ll attempt to do some running but it is going to be harder for bodybuilding or that type of thing.

“You will need to focus on food too. We are not on vacation. It is a moment of reflection. We are all scared of what is happening.

“President Macron drew inspiration from the situation in Italy to take containment measures. But even being attentive to what was happening in this neighbouring country, France hasn’t actually managed to shield itself.

“In Brazil, we might still have time. I hope that the crisis won’t be as violent as in Europe. It’s our hope.

“I hope that people will become aware of the seriousness of this situation whenever possible. I hope the beaches will empty. These aren’t school holidays. It is a moment of reflection.

“You have to remain at home hoping that everything will return to normal as soon as possible.”

Brazil has listed fewer than 10 deaths from coronavirus thus far but has recently closed its borders as it aims to contain the virus in the coming weeks.

The footballing future of Thiago Silva, meanwhile, is up in the air, with the veteran’s contract in PSG place to run out on June 30.

It’s not yet known if the 2019-20 season will be finished before that date, and as such clubs all around the world have decisions to make regarding the futures of gamers that are set to become free agents in just over three months time.