State football match called off in southern Brazil after 14 members of team test positive for COVID-19
The football match was due to kick off on Sunday at 4 pm local time but was cancelled on the orders of the state’s Health Secretariat.
Authorities cancelled one of southern Brazil’s biggest footballing derbies less than 24 hours before kick-off on Saturday after 14 members of one side tested positive for COVID-19 .
The Santa Catarina state championship restarted on 8 July with four games, including Chapecoense’s 2-0 home win over Avai.
The return match was due to kick off on Sunday at 4 pm local time but was cancelled on the orders of the state’s Health Secretariat.
“One of the teams had 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and it is necessary for all the players to follow the necessary protective measures,” it said in a statement.
It did not say which side had produced 14 positive tests but globesporte.com, a Brazilian website, said it was Chapecoense. The club would not comment on the report.
Santa Catarina state has recorded 42,026 cases of the new coronavirus , with 485 deaths.
So far, 71,469 people have died in Brazil, more than any other country outside the United States.
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