Coronavirus: Juventus defender Daniele Rugani tests positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus has caused Serie A to be suspended until April 3 and Juventus has confirmed Daniele Rugani has contracted it.

Published : Mar 12, 2020 09:20 IST

Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus, the club has confirmed.

The reigning Serie A champion revealed on Wednesday Italy defender Rugani has contracted COVID-19 but is not displaying any symptoms.

A club statement read: "Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including the census of those who have had contact with him."

Rugani tested positive for the virus six days before Juve is scheduled to play Lyon in the second leg of its Champions League last-16 tie.

Rugani assures "he's fine"

Rugani said he is "fine" as the Italy international allayed fears after contracting coronavirus.

"You will have read the news and that's why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I'm fine," Rugani wrote via social media.

"I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let's do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us #thankyou."

Coronavirus global impact

People who come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 are advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

No country outside China has been more heavily affected by the virus, which originated in Wuhan in December and was on Wednesday confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Italy has responded strongly to the outbreak, with the country placed on lockdown by its government and suspending all domestic sport until April 3.

According to the WHO, Italy has 10,149 confirmed cases of coronavirus and has seen 631 deaths as a result.

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