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Valencia confirm over third of squad has coronavirus

17 March 2020, MVT 21:10
This handout photograph released by the UEFA on March 10, 2020 Valencia's Spanish forward Rodrigo Moreno (C) controlling the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Valencia CF and Atalanta at Estadio Mestalla in Valencia. PHOTO: GETTY / UEFA / AFP
17 March 2020, MVT 21:10

Valencia, the first Spanish football club to report coronavirus infections, said Monday that 35 percent of players and staff members have tested positive for the disease.

The club said the virus spread among the squad following last month's trip to Milan, "an area confirmed as 'high risk' by the Italian authorities days afterwards", for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Atalanta.

"Despite the strict measures adopted by the club" after the match, "these latest results show that the exposure inherent to such matches has caused a positive test rate of around 35 percent" Valencia said in a statement.

"All cases are asymptomatic and those involved are currently isolated at home, receiving medical assessment and carrying out their scheduled training plan."

On Sunday, Valencia announced that five of the club's players and staff had tested positive for COVID-19, including Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay.

Spain is the second worst affected country by the virus in Europe, with more than 9,100 confirmed cases and 309 deaths.

Madrid, Spain | AFP

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