Copa America: Covid-19 strikes big time in Copa America, Brazil declares 31 Copa America players, officials test positive

Copa America: Covid-19 strikes big time in Copa America, Brazil declares 31 Copa America players, officials test positive
Copa America: Covid-19 strikes big time in Copa America, Brazil declares 31 Copa America players, officials test positive

Copa America – Covid-19 Brazil Team: Brazil’s Ministry of Health said on Monday that 31 players and Copa America delegation members had tested positive for COVID-19 by Sunday, the first day of the 10-nation South American soccer tournament.

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Copa America: Covid-19 strikes big time in Copa, Brazil declares 31 Copa America players, officials test positive

Covid-19 Brazil Team: Another 10 cases were confirmed among employees working at hotels where the players and their delegations are staying in Brasilia, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga told reporters.

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Covid-19 Brazil Team:Confirmation of more cases of infection came as the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) defended itself against accusations that the tournament, which was awarded to Brazil with less than two weeks notice, was cobbled together at the last minute.

Brazil was picked after Colombia was withdrawn due to a wave of civil unrest and co-hosts Argentina pulled out because of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

ARG vs CHI Draw – Messi Scores Stunner: Earlier in the day, Lionel Messi scored a stunning free kick as Argentina drew with Chile after the Copa America paid a spectacular tribute to Diego Maradona. Messi curled home from the edge of the area towards the end of the first half of the Group A opener.

Just before kick-off, Argentina legend Maradona was remembered with a dazzling light and effects display.

The result extended Argentina’s unbeaten run to 14 games under coach Lionel Scaloni, a sequence dating back to the 2019 Copa semifinal.

Paraguay takes on Bolivia in the second Group A game later on Monday, with Uruguaythe fifth team in the section, debuting on Friday.

Argentina will now face Uruguay on 19th June while Chile will take on Bolivia.