2022 FIFA World Cup ambassador tests positive for coronavirus

DOHA: An ambassador for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar tested positive for the new coronavirus, tournament organizers said Thursday.

Retired Qatari midfielder Adel Khamis , 54, unfortunately was diagnosed with the new coronavirus, COVID-19 , wrote the Supreme Committee for the organization of the 2022 tournament in a tweet.

We wish a quick to all those affected.

The number of confirmed infections among those involved in building the 2022 facility is eight in three stadium projects, but organizers have not given an updated figure since April 17.

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Qatar has reported 13,409 cases of COVID-19, 1,372 recoveries and 10 deaths.

Work in the Qatar World Cup stadiums and tournament-related megaprojects have continued despite stringent social distancing rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus among the largely migrant workforce.

The supreme committee responsible for delivering the tournament said it is continuously reviewing the situation and will take the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of all construction workers and direct personnel.

Those measures may include temporary suspension from work when necessary, he added in a statement.

Khamis is one of the public faces of the 2022 tournament along with fellow ambassadors Tim Cahill from Australia and Barcelona legend Xavi Hernández.

Construction has continued during the health crisis, even as nonessential retail stores have stopped and mosques, parks, and restaurants have closed.

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