Sporting Lisbon Return 10 COVID-19 Positive Tests On Eve Of Portuguese Season

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All those who have tested coronavirus are asymptomatic, according to a source at Sporting Lisbon.© AFP


Two days before the resumption of the Portuguese league, Lisbon club Sporting has 10 positive coronavirus cases, including eight players and coach Ruben Amorim, sources near to the club told AFP on Wednesday. All those infected were asymptomatic, said the source. The Portuguese league is because of renew on Friday in the back of closed doors. Sporting’s opening game is on Saturday at home to another hard-hit club, Gil Vicente. Gil Vicente said they have got 15 positive cases, including 10 players and five members of the coaching team, but resumed training on Wednesday with players who tested negative.

“The quarantine has been lifted and the team resumed training this morning with the 15 to be had athletes,” while the positive cases “remain in isolation,” a club spokesman told AFP.

For now, Saturday’s game has not been cancelled, but Portugal’s Health Secretary Antonio Lacerda said on Monday that the authorities would make an assessment “before each and every game”.

Final Sunday, Sporting had to cancel a friendly against the Italian club Napoli after three positive cases some of the players. By Tuesday, that number had risen to seven.

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Portugal, which has suffered a hop in cases, tightened health restrictions from this week.

According to official figures published on Wednesday, Portugal has recorded three deaths and 605 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in 24 hours. The country of 10 million has recorded 1,867 deaths and almost 64,000 confirmed cases.

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