Coronavirus pandemic: LaLiga side Valencia announce 35 percent of squad, staff have tested positive for COVID-19
Valencia had reported five cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay and France’s Eliaquim Mangala both confirming they were among those who had contracted the virus.
La Liga side Valencia have said more than a third of their playing and backroom staff have tested positive for the coronavirus but that all cases were currently asymptomatic.
The club had reported five cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay and France’s Eliaquim Mangala both confirming they were among those who had contracted the virus.
Valencia travelled to Milan last month for a Champions League match against Atalanta, which was played in front of a packed San Siro stadium, before restrictions were placed on sports events in Italy — the worst-hit country in Europe.
“Despite the strict measures adopted by the club after their Champions League game ... these latest results show the exposure inherent to such matches has caused a positive test rate of around 35%,” Valencia added.
“All cases are asymptomatic and those involved are currently isolated at home, receiving medical assessment and carrying out their scheduled training plan.”
The flu-like virus has wiped out the international sporting calendar, with the big five soccer leagues in Europe — England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France — as well as the Champions League and Europa League all suspended.
The coronavirus has infected almost 180,000 people and killed over 7,000 worldwide.
With Liverpool to come in the Champions League and a Clasico against Barcelona, Madrid welcomed a comfortable win thanks to goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema.
The council said each attendee has to return a negative lateral flow COVID-19 test 24 hours before attending the game and show proof to gain entry. They will also need to take a PCR home test after the event.
A second-half double from Ivan Rakitic and Papu Gomez snatched a 4-3 victory for Sevilla, who twice had to come from behind at Balaidos.