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Five LaLiga players test positive for coronavirus

Madrid, May 10 (efe-epa).- Spain’s LaLiga said there had been five cases of Covid-19 detected among players in the top two flights of the football league following a regime of testing as clubs took back to the training pitch after weeks of hiatus due to the lockdown.

All of the cases were asymptomatic and at the final phases. The identities of the players affected will remain anonymous due to data protections laws.

The tests were carried out by the Spanish league precisely to find asymptomatic cases to prevent the further possible spread of Covid-19 as players start to head back to their respective training grounds, along with coaches and other staff.

LaLiga must ensure that its working conditions fall inline with the regulations set by the health ministry.

The players testing positive for Covid-19 will have to remain in quarantine at home, where they will continue to train individually — as are all players in the first stages of returning to work.

They will then be re-tested in the coming days until the results come back negative, at which point they will be permitted to return to the training grounds.

Family members of football players who test positive for the virus will also be offered testing from the league organization.

Most Spanish teams got back to training this weekend for the first time since mid-March, when the government implemented a state of alarm to restrict the movement of people and contain the spread of the virus.

Barcelona got back to training on Friday, Atletico Madrid on Saturday and Real Madrid are due to return on Monday.

Even at the training pitch, players must observe social-distancing regulation.

Spain has been one of the worst-hit nations in the world with over 26,500 deaths, but the fatality rate on Sunday dropped down to levels not seen since mid-March. EFE-EPA

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