Rio de Janeiro, 16 June 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Two days after the Copa America kicked off, the South American football tournament has already recorded dozens of coronavirus cases, sports newspaper Lance reported on Tuesday, citing Brazil’s Health Ministry.
Positive tests came back for 52 football players and staff, the paper reported.
The Venezuelan delegation recently recorded infections in around a dozen players and staff. Bolivia also said several players and a member of their coaching staff tested positive. Colombia said Sunday infections were detected in an assistant coach and physiotherapist.
The Copa America started on Sunday.
Brazil was awarded the tournament at short notice after it was removed from Argentina and Colombia due to the coronavirus and political instability.
The South American football confederation CONMEBOL have defended moving the tournament to Brazil, which has also struggled to cope with the pandemic.
The country of around 210 million people has recorded some 17.5 million coronavirus infections and a death toll around 490,000.