Seven players, one assistant coach test positive for COVID-19 ahead of ISL

Seven players and an assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Indian Super League season.

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The entire ISL season will be played behind closed doors in three stadiums in Goa owing to the coronavirus pandemic.   -  Special Arrangement

Seven players and an assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Indian Super League (ISL) season, sources told PTI on Monday.

The tests were conducted in Goa after the arrival of the teams and all of them are asymptomatic cases. However, it could not be ascertained which teams these players and the coach belong to. They have been kept in isolation in their respective hotels serving as bio-secure bubbles.

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East Bengal is the only club yet to arrive in Goa. The entire ISL season will be played behind closed doors in three stadiums in Goa owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Seven players and an assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19 and all of them are asymptomatic cases. They have been placed in isolation in their respective bio-secure bubbles,” a source privy to the development told PTI.

“It is mandatory for all the players and officials to have Aarogya Setu app and ISL Health App through which contact tracing can be done. So, there will also be contact tracing and we have to test those who have had contact with these players and coach,” the source added.

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He said all the eight members will need to have three negative results in seven days to be able to join their respective teams.

All the teams have been put up in separate hotels in Goa, which serve as bio-secure bubbles.

Following their arrival, the players have been put under quarantine for 10 days during which five tests have been conducted. It was also mandatory for all the teams to undergo three tests prior to their arrival in Goa.

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