Cornavirus cases rise at Serie A sides Sampdoria, Fiorentina


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Sampdoria midfielder Fabio Depaoli has announced he’s tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the 10th Serie A player diagnosed and the sixth at Sampdoria.

While Sampdoria said in a statement earlier Saturday that it would not announce any more updates about its players “to avoid news leaks and useless alarmism” since “all the lads are well,” Depaoli revealed his positive test on social media.

Depaoli writes in Italian on Instagram, “Unfortunately I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. But I want to reassure you that I’m OK! This invisible monster is hitting us indiscriminately, but by adopting the correct measures and following medical advice, we can win our biggest match and return stronger than before.”

The five other Sampdoria players who tested positive are: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.

The other Serie A players who tested positive are Daniele Rugani at Juventus and Fiorentina teammates Dusan Vlahovic , German Pezzella, Patrick Cutrone.

In England, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi also tested positive.

Meanwhile, Spanish football club Alaves says two members of its coaching staff have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says both unnamed coaches are without symptoms and in good health. The club added it will test the rest of the members of its team on Monday. Spain has stopped all sports competitions for the next two weeks.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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