December 1, 2021

COVID-related cases at Copa America reach 140

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Earlier this week, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) confirmed that there have been 140 known COVID-19 cases at the on-going Copa America 2021 in Brazil, a number that increased from 66 positive tests last week. CONMEBOL said in a statement that of the 15,235 tests, the number of people infected was 0.9% of the total. Follow us for the upcoming EPL Predictions. 

“Most of the affected are workers, members of squads and outsourced staffers,” the South American soccer body added in the statement. “In comparison with the previous figures, the incidence of the coronavirus is lower, which is a clear sign that preemptive measures and health protocols are working as expected.” More of Serie A predictions in the upcoming season here. 

Brazil was chosen as an emergency host of the football tournament earlier this month after Argentina and Colombia were stripped off of its rights to host the games. Brazil is one of the countries in the world worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak, with the second-highest death toll nearing 500,000 so far and more than 17 million cases.  

Of the positive cases confirmed so far, 42 were among players and members registered in national teams, 97 cases were detected among service providers hired for the event and one case was a CONMEBOL staff member. Copa America kicked-off with the Group B match between Brazil against Venezuela at the Mane Garrincha stadium, where Brazil won. 

Last week, the health ministry reported 37 positive cases among players and delegation members and 45 among service providers of the tournament across all four host cities: Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Cuiabá and Goiânia. Earlier, Chile admitted that some of its players at Copa America violated the tournament’s virus protocols after a barber visited the players’ hotel in the Brazilian city of Cuiaba.

The Chilean Football Association issued a statement saying it “recognizes the violation of the health bubble of the squad participating at Copa America, with the unauthorized entry of a barber who, despite his negative PCR test, should not have made contact with the players.” The Chilean FA did not give the number or names of players involved, but said they will be fined.

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