Coronavirus Continues to Ravage Sporting World as Matuidi, Durant Test Positive

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SWITZERLAND, MARCH 18 – The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the sporting world across the globe as more sports celebrities test positive to the dreaded disease, which has killed almost 8,000 people worldwide.

The latest sportsmen to test positive include Juventus footballer, Blaise Matuidi, NBA star, Kevin Durant and 3 Brooklyn Nets basketballers.

Juventus announced last night that midfielder Blaise Matuidi has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Serie A club say that the France World Cup winner has been in voluntary isolation since 11 March and is “well and asymptomatic”.

Matuidi, 32, is the second Juve player to be confirmed to have the virus, following centre-back Daniele Rugani last week.

All domestic sporting activity in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April.

Meanwhile, Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the team said in a news release Tuesday.

The Nets did not name the four players, but Kevin Durant is one of them, according to The Athletic.

Durant told the Athletic he feels fine. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.”

Identities of the other three players are not yet known.

“Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians,” the Nets said in a statement.

The Nets have not played the Utah Jazz or Detroit Pistons – the two other NBA teams with players who have tested positive – and have not played teams who have played the Jazz or Pistons since late February.

“The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting,” the Nets said in a statement.

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