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Valencia: ‘Around 35%’ of players and staff test positive for coronavirus

A general view of the stadium prior to the beginning of the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at the Camp de Mestalla, Valencia.

Spanish football club Valencia have announced 35 percent of their players and staff who have been tested for the coronavirus have returned a positive test. 

Los Che announced the news on Monday, adding all cases are asymptomatic and urging people to stay home and isolate themselves:

“Several further tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus amongst Valencia CF coaching staff and players have come back positive. All cases are asymptomatic and those involved are currently isolated at home, receiving medical assessment and carrying out their scheduled training plan.

“Valencia CF would like to take this opportunity to insist that the population stay in their homes and strictly follow previously published hygiene and infection prevention measures. We also wish to express our confidence in our healthcare system and the recommendations by the Ministry of Health for those cases of coronavirus infection being treated with isolation.”

Per sportswriter Sam Marsden, Valencia reported five cases on Sunday, noting the lack of symptoms highlights the importance of staying home even when feeling well:

The Spanish FA suspended LaLiga on March 12 after a Real Madrid basketball player, who shares training facilities with the club’s footballers, tested positive for the virus.