Coronavirus: 35 percent of staff test positive for COVID-19 at Spanish club Valencia
"All cases are asymptomatic and those involved are currently isolated at home, receiving medical assessment and carrying out their scheduled training plan," informed the Spanish club.
Spanish football club Valencia has announced that 35 percent of their players and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The club said the deadly virus spread among the squad following their 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%," Valencia informed 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."
Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay is among the players who have tested positive for the virus. Spain is the second-worst affected country by the virus in Europe after Italy, with more than 9,100 confirmed cases and 309 deaths.
The likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have offered to help battle the coronavirus. Ronaldo won people's hearts when he announced that he will be converting his hotels into temporary hospitals to help patients in his home country Portugal. Ronaldo's club, Juventus, based out of the Italian city of Turin, has been affected badly with their defender Daniel Rugani testing positive for the virus.