Copa America: 11 new positive Covid cases emerge in last 48 hours

As many as 11 new positive cases have been reported in the ongoing Copa America football tournament in the last 48 hours, taking the toll of total affected to 52, Brazil’s Health Ministry has informed.

The Health Ministry of Brazil government said that two of the new cases were either players or officials embedded with the competing teams.

The ministry however, didn’t disclosed further details on the matter or it informed on which of the 10 competing South America nations were affected.

Significantly, a total of 33 players or officials from Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia have tested positive since Sunday, the day the showpiece event began in Brazil.

The remaining 19 affected people were employees working at hotels in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, where the delegations are staying.

Brazil had decided to host the event after Argentina pulled out at the last minute due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in its country.

As per the Brazil’s health ministry, 2,468 people have lost their lives due to Covid on Tuesday, taking the overall death toll to 490,696.

News Desk

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