Garay one of five Valencia personnel to contract coronavirus

Date published: Sunday 15th March 2020 2:59 - Will Ford

Ezequiel Garay has been confirmed as one of five members of Valencia’s staff and players to have tested positive for coronavirus.

“It’s clear that I have got off to the wrong start in 2020. I’ve tested positive for the coronavirus, I feel very good and now I just have to listen to the health authorities and for now remain isolated,” Garay wrote on his official Instagram account.

The 33-year-old was already ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in February.

And Valencia confirmed on Sunday that five positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus had been detected in the club.

Valencia said in an official statement: “Valencia CF inform that five positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been detected amongst first team staff and players. All of these persons are now at home, in good health and obeying self-isolation measures.

“Besides providing further information over the coming hours, the club reiterate our support for the health authorities and their social awareness campaigns, and emphasise to all of the population the importance of staying at home and continuing to follow the previously published hygiene and illness-prevention measures.”

Spain is the second worst-affected country in Europe after Italy, and all organised football has been postponed for at least two weeks.

Since Saturday, Spain has been in partial lockdown as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the epidemic, which has so far claimed 196 lives in the country.

 

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