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Three Boca Juniors players infected with COVID-19

The Argentine soccer club Boca Juniors reported on Wednesday that three players from the professional squad are infected with coronavirus and that they are isolated.

Those infected are midfielder Iván Marcone, forward Walter Bou and youth goalkeeper Agustín Lastra, who are in good condition and participated in the training sessions that the team resumed on August 10 in a field on the outskirts of Buenos Aires after five months of inactivity of Argentine football due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Boca, the last champion of the Argentine league, said on his Twitter account that the patients will undergo the isolation protocol for 72 hours “until further control in accordance with the rules.”

He pointed out that the club has already carried out more than 300 tests on 217 people, including players, coaching staff, medical staff and personnel from the administrative, security and cleaning areas, “of which 11 people (5%) showed positivity, all of them asymptomatic cases at the time of testing ”.

It is expected that those players with whom the three mentioned share a working group will also drop out of practice.

The positives of Marcone, Bou and Lastra are added to that of midfielder Agustín Almendra, who was infected a few weeks ago, before the team led by Miguel Ángel Russo began the preseason.

In August, the Argentine authorities authorized all the first division teams to resume, with the highest possible amounts, the training sessions suspended since mid-March due to the pandemic, which in Argentina has infected some 306,000 people and caused the death of more than 6,000 .

The tests that the players were subjected to in the days before starting practices confirmed cases of COVID-19 in most of the teams of the highest category. Those responsible for the medical department of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) indicated that the number of positive cases was within those expected.

Argentina was one of the last countries in South America to return to activity amid the coronavirus pandemic. The AFA has not yet confirmed the date for the start of the local league.