Greece: Liga registers first positive case for covid-19

One member of the Xanthi squad tested positive for covid-19, being the first case of infection with the new coronavirus among teams in the Greek football league, ANA reported today.

The Athens news agency did not reveal the identity of the infected person, and it could be a player or a member of the club, who will be in isolation and under observation for two weeks, according to the health protocol in force in Greece.

The remaining members of Xanthi will be quarantined for the next 48 hours, at the hotel where the team is staying, in Lamia, where they would play on Saturday, in front of the local team.

This situation led to the postponement of the departure of the fifth round of the maintenance play-off, which may be carried out on Monday, if the new tests on the elements of Xanthi are negative.

On June 5, the match between Xanthi and Atromitos had also been postponed due to an outbreak of coronavirus in the Xanthi region in northeastern Greece.

After three months of break, the Greek championship was resumed behind closed doors in early June.

Olympiacos, coached by the Portuguese Pedro Martins and with the Portuguese players José Sá, Rúben Semedo and Cafú in the squad, was mathematically champion last week.

Greece has so far recorded 192 deaths and more than 3,400 confirmed cases of infection.

A pandemic of covid-19 it has already caused more than 522 thousand deaths and infected more than 10.92 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a balance made by the French agency AFP.