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The Barcelona players are being tested for Coronavirus when they play Napoli during an outbreak in Italy

Barcelona’s players are tested for signs of Coronavirus when they play Napoli amid sudden disease spread in Italy, with four Series A games postponed

  • Players from Barcelona will be tested on Monday for positive signs of Coronavirus
  • The temperatures of the players are checked when they land in Naples
  • Italy had a sudden outbreak of the disease and four Series A games were canceled
  • Barca will play against Napoli on Tuesday in the Champions League round of the first 16 stage

Barcelona must be tested for signs of Coronavrirus when they visit Naples on Monday prior to their draw against Napoli, amid the outbreak of the disease in Italy, which has forced the postponement of several Series A games at the weekend.

Italian President Guiseppe Conte canceled four Series A games scheduled for Sunday, including the Inter Milan game with Sampdoria and Torino’s collision with Parma after the country was hit with a serious outbreak of the disease.

With Barcelona due to traveling to the Italian city on Monday prior to their Champions League round of 16 first leg, players’ temperatures are checked on arrival and anyone who shows signs of illness is taken directly to the hospital, report ESPN.

Barcelona players are checked for positive signs of Coronavirus when they land in Naples

The northern region of Italy has been hit by a serious outbreak of the disease that is spreading across parts of the world because the number of confirmed cases in the country is said to be 79, including one amateur soccer player, with two deaths so far.

Sport Minister Vincenzo Spadafora sent a letter to the Italian Olympic Committee Chair Giovanni Malago shortly before midnight local time on Saturday in which he said that sporting events should be canceled to prevent the disease from spreading further.

“The government is working on urgent measures to decisively confront and control coronavirus cases,” read the letter.

“These measures also include the world of sports to prevent risks and better ensure the health of those involved in events and competitions.

“Following measures taken by the Cabinet for protective reasons and maximum precautionary measures, I am asking you on the government’s order to suspend all sporting events of every level and discipline planned for the Lombardy and Veneto regions on Sunday.”

Italy has been hit by a serious corona virus outbreak and 79 cases have been reported so far

Italy has been hit by a serious corona virus outbreak and 79 cases have been reported so far

Italy has been hit by a serious corona virus outbreak and 79 cases have been reported so far

Lionel Messi and co will face Napoli in the Champions League round of 16 first leg on Tuesday

Lionel Messi and co face Napoli in the Champions League round of 16 first leg on Tuesday

Lionel Messi and co face Napoli in the Champions League round of 16 first leg on Tuesday

Other Serie A matches that have been canceled today are the home match of Atalanta against Sassuolo and the trip from Cagliari to Verona.

The Barca players are being tested despite Napoli’s play against Brescia that continues on Friday, while the Genoa-Lazio match went ahead and the Rome clash with Lecce will also be played as planned.

There is no suggestion that the first leg knockout game on Tuesday will be affected by the outbreak.


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