According to a Sporting Lisbon source, everyone who tests coronovirus is asymptomatic.© AFP
Two days before the Portuguese league resumed, Lisbon Club Sporting has 10 positive coronovirus cases, including eight players and coach Ruben Amorim, sources close to the club told AFP on Wednesday. All those infected were asymptomatic, the source said. The Portuguese league is due to resume on Friday behind closed doors. The opening game of Sporting takes place at home on Saturday at another hard-hitting club, Gil Vicente. Gill Vicente said he had 15 positive cases, including 10 players and five members of the coaching team, but Wednesday began training of players who tested negative.
A spokesman for the club told AFP, “Quarantine has been lifted and the team resumed training this morning with 15 available athletes,” while positive cases “remain in isolation”.
For now, Saturday’s game has not been canceled, but Portugal Health Secretary Antonio Lacarada said on Monday that officials would make an assessment “before each game”.
Last Sunday, Sporting had to cancel a friendship against Italian club Napoli after three positive cases between the players. By Tuesday, this number had increased to seven.
Portugal, which has taken a leap in cases, has tightened health restrictions since this week.
According to official figures published on Wednesday, Portugal has recorded three deaths and 605 new confirmed Kovid-19 cases in 24 hours. A country of 10 million has recorded 1,867 deaths and about 64,000 confirmed cases.
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