RÍO DE JANEIRO – The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced this Monday that it has detected 41 cases of covid-19 among players, members of the delegations and personnel who work directly with the Copa América, which began in the country on Sunday.
So far, cases of coronavirus have been discovered in the delegations of Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia Y Peru.
According to the portfolio, of the 41 infected, 31 cases correspond to players and members of the soccer teams and another 10 to personnel hired in Brasilia for the event, and all were isolated in a hotel in the country’s capital.
The ministry did not provide details on the new confirmed cases, but on Saturday, 12 members of the Venezuelan delegation, including eight players, tested positive in the first mandatory clinical test they were subjected to upon arrival in Brazil.
La Vinotinto had to open the tournament without its “maximum strength” which cost them to be defeated 3-0 by Brazil in the debut.
Hours later, that same day, the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) confirmed that three footballers and a member of the coaching staff had tested positive for the virus, and this Monday another case was confirmed in the Peruvian delegation registered before traveling to Brazil .
However, the 24 players chosen by Venezuelan César Farías to face Paraguay In Bolivia’s debut in the Copa América, they tested negative for the covid-19 required by the South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol) before the match.
According to the statement released by the Health portfolio, so far 2,927 RT-PCR tests have been carried out for the championship -including in some cases more than one to the same person-, of which 1.40 percent were positive .
Brazil, one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, already has more than 488,000 deaths from covid-19 and 17.4 million confirmed cases.