Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
Two members of the Barcelona medical staff have been reportedly hospitalised after testing positive of the coronavirus marking the club’s first confirmed cases.
According to Spanish newspaper ‘La Vanguardia’ chief of Barcelona medical services Ramon Canal, 59, and the club’s handball medic Josep Antoni Gutierrez “tested positive for the coronavirus”, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.
La Vanguardia report Canal marked the first known case of COVID-19 at the club and Gutierrez’s was the second as both men “remain in hospital” treating their symptoms.
Barcelona have yet to issue a statement confirming or denying the report. There have been no updates on the status of the doctors.
The news come after Barcelona made the decision to let their players and staff stay at home to avoid further spreading COVID-19 on 13th March.
Barcelona are not the only Spanish club to be affected by the virus as Valencia report 35 percent of their squad tested positive for COVID-19 and Real Sociedad reported six players of their own also tested positive.
Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries by COVID-19 reporting 56,188 cases leading to 4,089 deaths.
The country remains on lockdown until at least mid-April after Spanish President Pedro Sanchez, 48, extended the country’s state of alarm, which started on 16th March, another two weeks to stop the spread of the virus.
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