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Liverpool's Defender Joel Matip Tests Positive to Coronavirus: Reports

Thu 26 Mar 2020 | 02:48 PM

It has been reported that Liverpool's defender Joel Matip has tested positive to coronavirus.

According to the Daily News Cameroon website, Liverpool defender Joel Matip has recently undergone medical tests  that proved his infection to the deadly virus, adding that he and his teammates will be placed in quarantine.

The English club, Liverpool, hasn't yet commented on the statement released by the Cameroonian website.

It is noteworthy that the Premier League in England has been suspended until at least April 3 due to coronavirus outbreak.

All football events in the European country, including the Premier League games, EFL fixtures and matches in the FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have been postponed.

In a statement, the Premier League said that the matches would be resumed on April 4.

“Following a meeting of shareholders, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time,” the statement read.

The suspension comes on a day of widespread sporting postponements worldwide.

On his part, the Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said that he wishes speedy recoveries to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s player Callum Hudson-Odoi, who tested positive for the epidemic virus.

“Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19,” Masters said.

“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA, and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority, ” he added.

“Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so,” he concluded.

WHO declared Coronavirus global pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a global pandemic as the new virus has rapidly spread to more than 121,000 people from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.

According to the organization, the number of COVID-19 infections outside China has doubled in the past two weeks, and the number of countries hit by the epidemic has tripled.

“We are very concerned to achieve the alarming levels of the outbreak and its severity, as well as the alarming levels of inaction,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference in Geneva.

More cases of the virus, which causes respiratory disease Covid-19, continue to emerge, with outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, and Iran.

Transmission of virus between humans happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s secretions, such as droplets in a cough.