BARCELONA, Spain – Real Madrid's football and basketball teams were quarantined on Thursday after one of the club's basketball players tested positive for the corona virus.
The Spanish club said that its football team was affected because it shared training facilities with the basketball team.
The club's decision came just before the Spanish league said the next two rounds of the two best football divisions would be suspended due to an outbreak. The league said in a statement that it made the decision after learning about "the quarantine set up in Real Madrid and the possible cases involving players from other clubs" without mentioning these suspected cases.
It has been reported that no player on a Spanish football team has the virus.
Italian club Juventus said on Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and "those who had contact with him" were isolated after he tested positive for the virus.
The Spanish league added that the interruption of the game "will be reassessed after the quarantines and other possible situations prescribed in the clubs concerned have been completed".
Madrid was supposed to host Eibar on Friday, a game that the government would have ordered played without spectators.
The club also said that it is closing its training center and that it has recommended that all employees working in the center remain isolated.
In most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, this can lead to more serious diseases, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people are recovering.
The Spanish government had already announced earlier this week that all the country's major sporting events would take place without spectators, as the southern European nation is fighting to combat an outbreak that paralyzed Italy, where all the retail stores except pharmacies and supermarkets have been are closed.
Spanish state broadcaster TVE says the country has 2,600 virus infections and 63 deaths, more than half of them in Madrid.
The World Health Organization called COVID-19 a pandemic, referring to its alarming spread and severity. It has infected over 120,000 people worldwide and caused over 4,000 deaths.
Valencia's Champions League game against Atalanta on Tuesday was played without spectators, and two Europa League games with Spanish and Italian teams were postponed.
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